Jessie Wallace was born in Argyllshire in the early 1830s to steamboat Captain John Campbell of the Cygnet and his wife, Helen MacGregor. The family moved from Kingairloch, on the shores of Loch Linnhe, to Appin in her early years. Her younger brother was Rev. John Gregorson Campbell, a Scottish folklorist and Minster of the parishes of Tiree and Coll.


Jessie married James Wallace in 1873 and had a son, John Campbell Wallace, who sadly died when he was 4-years-old. By 1881, Jessie was living with her brother and mother in the Manse of Tiree. She shared her brother’s passion for folklore and her work was published in several journals, including ‘The Celtic Magazine’ and ‘Highland Monthly.’


Following the death of her mother in 1890 and her brother eighteen months later, Jessie published (together with Duncan MacIsaac) a collection of Rev. Campbell’s work, ‘Clan Traditions and Popular Tales of the Western Highlands and Islands’ [London: David Nutt, 1895]. She died of arteriosclerosis on 14 Feb 1919.

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