chant and a magillrate, and de- fcended from the noble families of Marchmont, Loudoun, and Ar- gyle. Having, however, a large family, and fufiaining many con- fiderable loffes, he died, in indif- ferent circumftances, and his chil~ dren were difperfed among the re- lations and friends of the family. Mungo, who at his father’s death was an infant, was taken by his godfather, who dying foon after- wards, left him about 1000 merks’, and recommended him to a rela- tion, who educated him with his own children, till he was about 18 years old.

As he had not money enough to go into trade, or to fupport him in a courfe of liudy for any of the learned profellions, he inlilied in the Scots Greys, a regiment which was commanded by a namefake and relation, from whom he hoped preferment. He ferved in this corps X2 years, and was, among other engagements, at the battle of Dettingen, yet he obtained no preferment; he was once offered a QIZITICP-MKREIJS place, worth about 3001. if he would advance xool. but not being able to pro- cure fuch a fum, he foon after ob- tained his difcharge, which is dated 1744. _ i

ln i745,_ he returned into Scot- land, where he found his country- men in arms againfi each other; {he accompanied his Chief and kinfman, Lord Loadoun, in the highlands; and after their" return, his Lordlhip procured him a com- miflion as oflicer of the Excife, with a recommendation to Ration him in Ayrelhire, that he might



be among his relations and friends in his native fpot.

Upon this duty he entered in 1746, four and twenty years ago, and was at length finally ftationed at Saltcoats, where he would have chofen rather to continue, than to have been raifed to a higher oflice, which‘) would have carried him from his native fpot. Being known and efteemed by the neigh- bouring gentry, he had ‘licences from Lord Loudoun, and many others, to hunt upon their grounds, with authority to preferve the game, and profecute poachers. He had, however, no fucb licence from Lord Eglingtoun. Of thefe licences he did not avail himfelf often, being, efpecially of late time, infirm, having a diforder in his breafl, and a lamenefs from a broken leg; he ufed now and then to kill a little game as prefents for his friends, but never fold a bird in his life, nor was ever conftder-i ed as a common fowler or poacher. In the year 1766 he fold his poin- ter, and never afterwards had a dog; but he kept his gun, which was necelfary, as the fmugglers, whom it was his duty to detect, always went armed, and with his gun he fornetimes {hot fparrows, and fometimes gulls, as he palfed along the lhore. Lord Egling- toun, who was very firict in pre-= ferving the game, prohibited all perfons from filhing in the waters of Garnock by publick advertifeq ment; and Campbell, to avoid all pofiibility of offending his Lordthip in this particular, gave away his fifhing rod, which was very curious and valuable, to an

* About 551. 12s. llejrling.