Campbell, John

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Campbell, John

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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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