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- Campbell, John
- Campbell, John
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112 p. of textual records
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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 Gaelicand English poetry and songs and a first prize certificate from the Vancouver Mod.
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John Campbell's Marbhrann and translated hymns are available at the cape Breton Univeristy Library in the Scottish Collection: PB 1633 C313 1947. This book is also available at the Beaton Institute in Galeic Hymnbooks GHB2.
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.