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John Campbell, 9th Duke of Argyll’s birthday
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John George Edward Henry Douglas Sutherland Campbell, 9th Duke of Argyll aka the Marquess of Lorne was born this day in 1845 in London England.
He was educated at Edinburgh Academy, Eton College, St Andrews and at Trinity College, Cambridge. In 1871 he married Queen Victoria’s fourth daughter, Princess Louise. This was the first time a daughter of the sovereign had married a subject of the Crown since 1515.
From 1878 to 1883, Campbell served as the 4th Governor General of Canada. At age 33, Lord Lorne became Canada’s youngest governor genera. He and Princess Louise made many lasting contributions to Canadian society, especially in the arts and sciences. They encouraged the establishment of the Royal Society of Canada, the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, and the National Gallery of Canada. Campbell was also involved in the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway and other projects, such as a hospital for British Columbia.
In addition to acting as a patron of arts and letters in Canada, Lorne was the author of many books of prose and poetry. His writings show a deep appreciation of Canada’s physical beauty.
They returned to England where Campbell died on pneumonia in 1914.