Growing up on the beautiful Brahan Estate in Ross-Shire,
Aileen Campbell was surrounded by the history, mystique, and folklore of her
native Scotland. With her father being the manager of the castle’s gardens,
she roamed free among the vast acres of the manor. These memories of growing up
in such a romantic setting have remained with her and inspired her to write and
illustrate The Wee Scot Book and produce its accompanying audiocassette.
Her childhood provided the source of her stories, but it was
her friendship with Dr. James Pittenberg Macgillivray that helped her capture
the artistic countryside and lively characters in her illustrations. As a
teenager she was introduced to "the Sculptor Royal to the King," who
in turn took a liking to the Scottish Highland lass and became her mentor in
writing and art.
Her study of the arts was also matched with her study of
medicine and training as a nurse. As World War II ravaged the country, she
served as a nurse in Edinburgh at the the Royal Hospital for Sick Children. Her
husband’s service in the Royal Air Force required several moves throughout the
United Kingdom with the family relocating to the United States in 1947.
In the U.S., she continued her work as an registered nurse at private
hospitals and before her retirement in 1985, had served with the Howard County
Health Department. Prior to this, she became a certified nurse-midwife at the
Johns Hopkins School for Hygiene. She has since left Maryland and relocated in
the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. There she has returned to her artistic
pursuits with writing, painting, and storytelling, reflecting back on the
Scottish homeland she left long ago. With an interest in preserving the stories
of her childhood, she wrote The Wee Scot Book for her grandson.