Blantyre Native’s Knighthood

1943 Sir George Riddoch Campbell

1943 Sir George Riddoch Campbell

I uncovered this little story showing a resident of Blantyre being knighted in 1936. Such an accomplishment seems to have gone past largely unnoticed, and I would like to put it to the forefront, where the story belongs.

This story is about a Blantyre man born in 1887, Mr George Riddoch Campbell.

On Friday 24th January 1936, The Motherwell Times reported, “A letter just received in Blantyre reveals that Mr George Riddoch Campbell, of Calcutta, who appeared in the New year Honours list as having had conferred on him the honour Knight Bachelor (India) is the second eldest son of the late George Campbell who was agent of the Blantyre branch of the Clydesdale Bank for years, and who died in 1919. His wife died about two years ago in 1934. Mr Campbell was born at Blantyre, and was educated at Hamilton Academy. He commenced work in the office (the Laws Shipping Company, Glasgow, and after some years training went to Bombay and joined the firm of M’Kinnon, M’Kenzie and Co. (the British India Steam Navigation company). By 1936, he was a partner in the firm. He was president of the Calcutta Chamber of Commerce”. Sir George Riddoch Campbell died in 1965 aged 78.

During WW1 he had served in France and India. He also was Managing director of the shipping company that eventually became “P&O”. I found this excellent photo of Sir George in the National Portrait Gallery which was commissioned in January 1943.

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