THE PRINCESS LOUISA AND SEE FUTURE SPOUSE.
One of the most singular pieces of news in its way, which our late telegrams have brought us is that of her Majesty's consent having been given to her daughter's marriage with Lord Lorn. Since the passing of the Eoyal Marriage Act (12 George 111, c, 2) no consent has been given to a union between royal and non-royal blood, and there are. no remaining descendants of the two marriages which occasioned the passing of that act. Those were between the Duke of Gloucester and Lady Waldegrave in 1766 ; and the Duke of Cumberland and Lady Anne Horton in 1771. Two or three marriages have since been contracted by scions of royalty without the Sovereign's consent, but they were all held illegal, and the second marriage of the Duke of Sussex was of the kind called in Germany morganatic, or left-handed; and his wife, Lady Cecilia Underwood, though acknowledged by the Queen, and created Duchess of Inverness, has never been enffered to assume her husband's title.
The Princess Lpuisa Caroline Alberta, in whose favor the existing rule of royalty has been relaxed, is the youngest but one of her Majesty's daughters, and is now twenty-two years of age, having been born on the 18th of March, 1848. The gallant young nobleman who is to become her husband attained his twenty-fifth year, on the 6th of August. Though not included in our catalogue of royalty, he belongs to one of the most distinguished and honorable families in the British Peerage — the Campbells of Argyll, whose dashing '• gyronny of eight" quartered for the last three centuries with the " galley of Lorn" is proudly borne by all o( the name who can establish the most distant right to it. And they form a mighty brotherhood, including the Lords of Breadalbane, Cawdor, Strathden. (Campbell), and Clyde (lately extinct), ton baronets, and a score or two of landed gentlemen.
History tells us of the Campbells as far back as the time of the ITorman conquest, and the title of " More" or " Great" gained by the head of the house two hundred years afterwards is still borne by his representative, who, in his own Highlands, is better known as " M'Callum More" than as Duke of Argyll. But the Marquis of Lorn is not the first of his house who has wooed and won a royal bride. His lineal ancestor Sir Weil Campbell fought side by side with Eoberfc Bruce at Bannockburn, and was rewarded by the hand of his Sovereign's sister, the Lady Mary Bruce. From that union the present ducal family derives its descent. It would be tedious to name all the Lords of Argyll who have distinguished themselves in court, cabinet, or battle-field ; but the gallant commander of Queen Mary's forces at Langside can scarcely be passed by in silence, less the Marquis, so famous in the stories of Montrose and the Civil War, who was finally beheaded at Edinburgh. The MacCallutn More of the Heart of Midlothian — Jeannie Deans' Duke of Argyll — having left no son cannot be ranked among Lord Lorn's ancestors, but no less has hia name shed lustre upon the family whose honors centred in him, and were so greatly augmented during his lifetime. But there is one other name which can be scarcely omitted from the pedigree— that of Elizabeth Gunning, the peerless beauty of her day, who was married in succession to the Dukes of Hamilton and Argyll, and who, already distinguished as " tbe double Duchess," was further ennobled by a peerage in her own right. The present Duke of Argyll is a leading' man in England, favorably known both as a statesman and an author. He is a Duke, Marquis, Earl, Vicount, and Baron in Scotland, and sits in the House of Peers by virtue of his English title as Lord Sund ridge. He is the the hereditary master of tbe Queen's household, and keeper of the great seal of Scotland; besides being Admiral of the Western Isles, and holding numerous other high offices, among which are those of Lord Lieutenant and hereditary Sheriff of the County of Argyll. The Duke is also a member of her Majesty's Ministry, Chancellor of the University of Sfc Andrew's, Sector of
the University of Glasgow, and an L.L.D. of Cambridge. The Duchess being a daughter of a former Duke of Sutherland, Lord Lorn himself is M.P. for Argyleshive, and Private Secretary to his father at the India Office. Perhaps few noble British names have been more thoroughly Australianizcd than that of Campbell, which is found wherever emigrants have settled and localities are named after associations of the old country. Apart from the personal qualities of the expectant bridegroom, the entrance of a British Princess into the house of Campbell will be favorably regarded by many throughout her Majesty's dominions. It has long been thought that the children of our Sovereign might have formed alliances at home as suitable, at least, as those which have been sought for them among foreigners, and it is an auspicious circumstance- that the first family selected for the honor of a royal union is one which, by tradition and by actual standing, is so well worthy of the distinction.