John Francis Campbell


John Francis Campbell (1821-1885) was a barrister, civil servant, scientist, traveller, visual artist, polyglot, and folklore collector. Raised on the island of Islay, which belonged to his family at the time, he learnt Gaelic in the local community. In 1860-1862, he published the ground-breaking four-volume bilingual collection of Gaelic folklore, Popular Tales of the West Highlands, based on material gathered from tradition-bearers during his extensive travels in the Highlands and Islands.

Publications in Erskine’s Periodicals

  • ‘Iain Òg, Mac Rìgh na Frainge’ [from unpublished collections of J. F. Campbell], Guth na Bliadhna, Volume XI, 1914, Issue 4
  • ‘An Tuairisgeal Mòr’ [two versions of a story from J. F. Campbell’s unpublished manuscripts], Guth na Bliadhna, Volume XII, 1915, Issue 2 & 3