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In search of Professor Campbell

In search of Professor Campbell

Peter Colin Campbell was the first professor to be appointed to Queen’s. In 1840, he accepted a post as professor of classical literature.

Together with Principal Liddell, the Reverend Professor Campbell, a Presbyterian minister, taught the very first classes of the new college, beginning in March 1842.

His name is in the royal charter as one of the founders of Queen’s College.

It appears again on a plaque in Grant Hall honouring Queen’s founders. But unlike his co-founders Thomas Liddell, William Morris, and John A. Macdonald, little is known about Peter Colin Campbell. 

M. Barbara Reeves is changing that. With help from Queen’s alumni in Brockville, her own students and colleagues on campus, and scholars in Scotland, Dr. Reeves, an associate professor in the Department of Classics, is delving into the story of Peter Colin Campbell. 


[cover graphic of Queen's Alumni Review, issue 4-2016]