Fonds MG 6.49 - Campbell, John

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Campbell, John

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CA BI MG 6.49

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  • 1947 (Custody)
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    Campbell, John
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    Sydney (NS)
  • 1898 (Creation)
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    Campbell, John

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112 p. of textual records

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(1876-1964)

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John Campbell was born into a farming family in Boularderie. His parents were Malcolm and Christy MacAuley. John operated a store at Boularderie before moving into Sydney where he operated a successful business. John was an Elder and caretaker of St. Andrew's United Church. He was well-known as a fine Gaelic singer, translator of hymns and composer of the song Marbhrann, a lament for the death of his wife Annie (née Buchanan) in 1939. His skills as a translator earned him first prize in Hymn translation at the Vancouver Mod in 1947. Some of his translations as well as his Marbhrann appear in a pamphlet published in 1947.
Campbell's daughter, Mae Campbell Cameron (1906-2005) was head of the Cape Breton Gaelic Chorale and deeply involved in the Gaelic scene in Sydney.

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This fonds consists of a notebook of Gaelic and English poetry and songs and a first prize certificate from the Vancouver Mod.

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  • English
  • Scottish Gaelic

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    John Campbell's Marbhrann and translated hymns are available at the cape Breton University Library in the Scottish Collection: PB 1633 C313 1947. This book is also available at the Beaton Institute in Gaelic Hymnbooks GHB2.

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    The notebook contains songs in English and Gaelic that were popular at the beginning of the 20th century. It also contains a number of ornate drawings in pen.

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