John Campbell Colquhoun

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John Campbell Colquhoun (23 January 1803 – 17 April 1870) was a Scottish writer and politician.


10 Melville Street, Edinburgh

Colquhoun was born in Edinburgh on 23 January 1803, son of Archibald Colquhoun and Mary Ann, daughter of the Rev. William Erskine, episcopalian minister at Muthill, Perthshire.[1] He was educated at Edinburgh High School, and Oriel College, Oxford.[2]

In 1832 Colquhoun is listed as living at 10 Melville Street in the west end of Edinburgh, then newly built.[3] In the same year he was elected Member of Parliament for Dumbartonshire, and in 1837 for Kilmarnock Burghs. He unsuccessfully contested the Kilmarnock burghs in July 1841, however was elected in July 1842 as a member for Newcastle-under-Lyme, which he continued to represent till the dissolution of 1847, when he retired from reasons of health.

A wealthy Conservative and evangelical, Colquhoun served as president of the Glasgow Society.[4] He was chairman of the general committee of the National Club, the Church of England Education Society, and the Irish Church Mission to Roman Catholics.[2]

Colquhoun died 17 April 1870 and was buried in Dean Cemetery near Edinburgh.[2]


Colquhoun wrote political and religious pamphlets on questions of the day in Scotland and Ireland. He was also the author of:[2]

  • Isis Revelata: An Inquiry into the Origin, Progress and Present State of Animal Magnetism, 1836;
  • Short Sketches of some Notable Lives, 1855;
  • Life in Italy and France in the Olden Time, 1858;
  • Scattered Leaves of Biography, 1864;
  • William Wilberforce, his Friends and his Times, 1866, 2nd edit. 1867; and
  • Memorials of Henrietta Maria Colquhoun, 1870.


In 1827 Colquhoun married Henrietta Maria, daughter of Thomas Powys, 2nd Baron Lilford. They had two sons.[5]


  1. ^ Barker, George Fisher Russell (1887). "Colquhoun, Archibald Campbell" . In Stephen, Leslie (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography. 11. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  2. ^ a b c d Stephen, Leslie, ed. (1887). "Colquhoun, John Campbell (1803-1870)" . Dictionary of National Biography. 11. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  3. ^ "Edinburgh Post Office annual directory, 1832-1833". National Library of Scotland. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  4. ^ Graeme Morton; Robert John Morris; B. M. A. de Vries (2006). Civil Society, Associations, and Urban Places: Class, Nation, and Culture in Nineteenth-century Europe. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. p. 164. ISBN 978-0-7546-5247-2. Retrieved 2 August 2013.
  5. ^ Wolffe, John. "Colquhoun, John Campbell". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/5991. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainStephen, Leslie, ed. (1887). "Colquhoun, John Campbell (1803-1870)". Dictionary of National Biography. 11. London: Smith, Elder & Co.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Lord Montagu Graham
Member of Parliament for Dumbartonshire
Succeeded by
Alexander Dennistoun
Preceded by
John Bowring
Member of Parliament for Kilmarnock Burghs
Succeeded by
Alexander Johnston
Preceded by
John Quincey Harris
Edmund Buckley
Member of Parliament for Newcastle-under-Lyme
With: Edmund Buckley
Succeeded by
Samuel Christy-Miller
William Jackson