Thomas Campbell

Thomas Campbell

John Mossman (1817-1890), assisted by James Pittendrigh Macgillivray

1875-7; erected 1877

Bronze statue on a polished granite pedestal

George Square, Glasgow

Campbell, a Glasgow-born poet and historian who often took up causes, settled in London in 1803, and promoted the idea of a new university there ("The plan I suggest is a great London University" — see "The University of London: The Founding Colleges"). He later became Rector of Glasgow University. He is shown here with a quill in one hand and manuscripts in the other. According to Ray McKenzie, several thousand people attended the unveiling ceremony (144).

  • Close-up of Campbell
  • Photograph, caption and commentary by Jacqueline Banerjee, 2009

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