A complete history of the Campbell family could not be written apart or separate from the history of the Polk Family. It is with the descendants of the union of the Polk and Campbell families that this history is concerned.
Polk is a very aristocratic name. Of the Scottish and Irish nobility, none is more illustrious than the Polks'. They began life in Scotland in or about A.D. 1075 and for nearly three
hundred years the name Pollot (or as one source gives the spelling, Pollock) fills the brightest pages of Scottish history. They have won renown as rulers, subjects, and as soldiers. The name has been verified by the land grants in Lord Balitmore's Rent Rolls for Somerset, where the name is spelled Pollot at first.
Robert Bruce Polk descended from the great Robert Bruce and the ascent is accounted for to the reign of Malcolm III of Scotland, the first ancestor being Fulbert.
Robert Bruce Polk was born in Ireland, where he inherited estates. He was the second son of Sir Robert Polk. He, Robert Bruce Polk, was a Captain in Cromwell's Army, where he served under Colonel Porter. Upon the death of Colonel Porter, Robert Bruce Polk married the colonel's widow, Magdalene Tasker Porter.
The tradition is, wherever you meet a Polk, that Magdalene was the daughter of Lord Chancellor of Ireland, whose seat was Bloomfield Castle. Magdalene was related to the Duke of Wellington and was a lady of great importance.
After the Restoration, when Charles II came to the throne and the Regicides and other officers who supported Cromwell were being persecuted, Captain Robert Bruce Polk emigrated to America between 1672 and 1686 with his wife and seven sons and two daughters. They landed at Dames Quarters, Somerset County, Maryland. I/ In
1687 an original land grant was made to Robert Bruce Polk for "Polk's Folly". Children of Robert Bruce Polk, born in Donegal, Ireland
about 1636 and Magdalene Tasker Porter Polk, born about 1642, died 1726, are given below. He died about 1702 in Somerset County, Maryland. His will is dated 1699; her will is dated 1726.
I. "Robert Bruce Polk, from Ireland, landed at Dames Quarters County,