John Campbell, miscellaneous writer, was born in Edinburgh, son of a captain of horse. He was a lawyer's clerk at Windsor and man of letters in London. A friend of Samuel Johnson and Thomas Warton, Campbell was a linguistic polymath who contributed to Robert Dodsley's Museum and wrote a considerable portion of the Biographia Britannica. The University of Glasgow honored Campbell's fulsome literary labors with an LL.D. (1754).
The military history of Prince Eugene and of John Duke of Marlborough. 2 vols 1736-37.
The trials and adventures of Edward Brown. 1739.
Memoirs of the Basha Duke de Riperda. 1739.
A concise history of the Spanish America. 1741.
The polite correspondence or rational amusement. 1741.
The case of the Opposition impartially stated. 1742.
A letter to a friend in the country on the publication of Thurloe's State papers. 1742.
Lives of the admirals and other eminent British seamen. 4 vols, 1742-44.
Hermippus revived. 1743.
Navigantium atque itineratium biblioteca: or a compleat collection of voyages and travels. 2 vols, 1744-48.
Sentiments of a Dutch patriot. 1746.
Biographia Britannica. 6 vols, 1747-66.
A discourse on providence. 1748.
Occasional thoughts on moral, serious, and religious subjects. 1749.
The present state of Europe [from Dodsley's Museum]. 1750.
An exact account of the greatest white herring fishery in Scotland. 1750.
A letter from the Prince of infernal regions. 1751.
The naturalization bill confuted. 1751.
His royal highness Frederick late Prince of Wales decyphered. 1751.
A vade mecoum; or companion for the unmarried ladies. 1752.
A particular but melancholy account of the great hardships, difficulties, and miseries [of] the common women of the town. 1752.
The shepherd of Banbury's rules. [n.d.].
A full description of the Highlands of Scotland. 1751.
The case of the publicans. 1752.
A description and history of the new sugar islands. [n.d.].
A treatise on the trade of Great Britain to America. 1772.
A political survey of Britain. 2 vols, 1774.