Ortolan relates that Lord Campden was one of the members of the British aristocracy whom Eugene met on his visit to London in 1857. Rey relates that Lord Campden also corresponded with the Founder. Fr. Cooke names him as one of a series of distinguished visitors to the Reformatory in Glencree in its early days.

Charles George Noel Viscount Campden and his wife were received into the Catholic Church on New Year’s Day 1851. He was the heir of the Earl of Gainsborough, a title revived in 1841, to which he succeeded in 1866. His wife was the daughter of the Earl of Erroll and a granddaughter of William IV: her mother was one of the King’s illegitimate children by Mrs Jordan.

Michael Hughes, o.m.i.