Liza Campbell

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Elizabeth Campbell
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Liza Campbell
Lady Elizabeth Campbell

24 September 1959
Alma materChelsea College of Art & Design
Occupationartist, calligrapher, columnist, writer
Spouse(s)William Robert Charles Willie Athill (1990-93)
Partner(s)Imran Khan (former partner)

Lady Elizabeth Campbell (born 24 September 1959[1]), known as Liza Campbell, is an artist, calligrapher, columnist and writer, born in the north of Scotland and currently living in London, England. She is the second daughter of Hugh Campbell, 6th Earl Cawdor (1932–1993) by his first wife, the former Cathryn Hinde. She is the last child of an Earl Cawdor to have been born at Cawdor Castle, which has previously been erroneously associated with Shakespeare's Macbeth. (Her older sister Lady Emma Campbell was also born there, but her brothers and younger sister were born elsewhere, as were the children of the present Earl.)

Campbell was raised in Cawdor Castle during the Sixties, and studied art at Chelsea.[2] She lived in Mauritius, Kenya (Nairobi) and in Indonesia between 1990 and 1996.


As an artist, Liza Campbell worked in an art gallery, and has had exhibitions of engraved soapstone at All Saints Gallery, Babbington House and the Sladmore Gallery. More recently, she has shown collages at the Michael Naimski Gallery and had exhibitions at the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery. [3]

For four years, from 2000, she wrote a back page column Adventures of a Past It Girl.


Campbell was the second of five children, and the second daughter of three daughters. Her parents divorced in 1979 after 22 years of marriage.

She dated Pakistani cricketer (now Pakistan prime minister) Imran Khan for several years.[4][5] In 1990, she married William Robert Charles "Willie" Athill, a big-game fisherman, with whom she lived on a desert island for two years. By that marriage, she has two children, a daughter Storm (b. 1990) and a son Atticus (b. 1992).[1] She is now divorced from Athill, the marriage having broken down in 1993.[6]

On 22 June 2013 the New York Times quoted Campbell in an article that described the law of primogeniture as a legacy instance of sexism, “The posh aspect of it blinds people to what is essentially sexism in a privileged minority, where girls are born less than boys.”[7] Campbell noted that she loved her younger brother, but called his inheritance of the title and estate a “peculiar situation.” Campbell quoted her father's advice on auto safety -- “Remember to wear a safety belt, because your face is your fortune.”

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  1. ^ a b Lundy, Darryl (23 November 2006). "Lady Elizabeth Campbell (Liza Campbell)". The Peerage. p. 5192 § 51911. Retrieved 13 August 2007.[unreliable source]
  2. ^ Liza Campbell "My week: Liza Campbell" article in The Observer. Sunday 13 August 2006. Retrieved 13 August 2007.
  3. ^ Liza Campbell. Biography from personal website. [1]. Retrieved 13 August 2007
  4. ^ "Susannah Constantine on the mental health struggles that inspired her new book". Irish Examiner. 22 November 2017.
  5. ^ Tim Adams (2 July 2006). "The path of Khan". The Guardian.
  6. ^ Nigel Farndale "My nightmares in Macbeth's castle" in The Daily Telegraph published 3 March 2006. Retrieved 13 August 2007.
  7. ^ Sarah Lyall (22 June 2013). "Son and Heir? In Britain, Daughters Cry No Fair". New York Times. Retrieved 23 June 2013. Also known as the Earl of Cawdor, the current thane, Colin, is the middle child among five children. But he is the oldest boy, and was always considered the most important, for title-continuity purposes. “I love my brother, but it’s a peculiar situation,” said Ms. Campbell, 53, an artist and writer who grew up on the family’s Scottish estate — 50,000 acres, plus castle — but now lives in London. “There’s one chosen one in the family, and everyone else is superfluous to requirements.”