Lodge Canongate Kilwinning No 2

Alexander Campbell 1764-1824


Alexander, brother of John (number 32)  was a composer, musician, poet and author. Born at Tombea (by Loch Lubnaig, Stirling), Campbell attended school in nearby Callandar. He left home for Edinburgh, where he studied singing and counterpoint with the singer Giusto Ferdinando Tenducci. Campbell taught singing and the harpsichord in Edinburgh (c.1782) and became organist in the Nicholson Street Scottish Episcopal Chapel. He became friends with Robert Burns and struggled to give music lessons to the young Walter Scott, who lacked any talent in that direction.