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MS Hyde 92

Mure-Campbell, Flora Macleod, d. 1780. Flora Macleod Mure-Campbell papers, 1775-1783: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b (shelved with bMS Hyde 90-92)
Call No.: MS Hyde 92
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Flora Macleod Mure-Campbell papers
Date(s): 1775-1783
Quantity: .5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Six letters by Flora Macleod Mure-Campbell of Raasay, Scotland (a friend of James Boswell) to her mother, and other family papers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2003JM-58 (part). Bequest of Mary Hyde Eccles, Four Oaks Farm, Somerville, New Jersey; received: 2004.


Purchased by Mary Hyde from Winifred Myers in 1970 July.

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Flora Macleod Mure-Campbell Papers, 1775-1783 (MS Hyde 92). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Flora Macleod was the daughter of John Macleod and Jean Macqueen Macleod of Raasay, Scotland, near the Island of Skye. She was mentioned several times in the diaries of James Boswell. Boswell introduced her to writer Samuel Johnson during their 1773 tour of the Hebrides. Johnson called her "the princess," and described her as "the beauty of this part of the world, and has been polished at Edinburgh" (letters to Hester Thrale, 1773 Sept. 14 and Sept. 24, MS Hyde 1, item 93). In 1777, she married James Mure-Campbell (1726-1786), later the Earl of Loudon. She died in 1780 during the birth of their only child Flora, later Flora Hastings-Rawdon, Marchioness of Hastings (1780-1840).


Bruce Redford, ed., The Letters of Samuel Johnson (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1992) II, 69-70, 81-84.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of six letters from Flora Macleod Mure-Campbell to her mother (including one which mentions James Boswell); one letter concerning her death by her mother; and her sister's marriage contract.

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