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Clan Campbell of Argyll Scotland

Clan Campbell of Argyll Scotland

Known as the race of Diarmid, the Clan Campbell was for centuries a most powerful influence in Argyll and the West of Scotland. In the 13th century Archibald Campbell obtained the Lordship of Lochow through his marriage with the daughter of the King's Treasurer, and for a long period thereafter the Campbells of Lochow formed one of the chief branches of the clan.

Sir Colin, of Lochow, the progenitor of the Campbells of Argyll, was knighted in 1280, and from him the chiefs
of Argyll received the designation, MacCailean Mor, retained by the Dukes of Argyll till the present day. His descendant Sir Duncan was created a peer by King James II in 1445, and Duncan's grandson Colin was created Earl of Argyll in 1457. Archibald, his son, who was Lord High Chancellor, was killed at Flodden in 1513.

Archibald, 5th Earl, although a prominent Reformer, commanded the army of Queen Mary at the Battle of
Langside, while his brother Colin supported the young king. Archibald, 7th Earl, commanded the army which
was defeated by the Earls of Huntly and Erroll in 1594- His son was the leader of the Covenanters. He was
created Marquis in 1641, but in spite of his loyalty was beheaded in 1661. His son Archibald was beheaded in
1685 for his part in the Monmouth rebellion. Archibald, 10th Earl, returned with William of Orange, and by him
was elevated to a Dukedom. John, 2nd Duke of Argyll, was created Duke of Greenwich in the peerage of the
United Kingdom. John, 9th Duke, married Princess Louise, daughter of Queen Victoria, in 1871.

Crest badge : A boar's head: fesswise, couped, or.
Motto : Ne obliviscaris {Forget not).
Gaelic name : Caimbeul.

History of Clan Campbell: From the Restoration to the Present Day. In the third and final volume of Alastair Campbell's acclaimed account of the Campbells the story resumes at a high pace. Successive incidents include the 9th Earl's part in the 1685 Rebellion and his eventual execution; the 10th Earl's raising to a Dukedom; the Massacre of Glencoe; the 2nd Duke's quashing of the 1715 Jacobite Rebellion at Sheriffmuir; the notable part played by the Clan in the 1745 Rebellion and in its aftermath the sorry tale of the Appin Murder. Following the defeat of the Jacobite armies at Culloden in1746 the old Clan system effectively came to an end. Succeeding chapters describe the break-up of the old order and the diaspora across the world together with details of the chiefly family and an account of the part played by the Clan in the British Army from its founding down to the war in Iraq. It is extraordinary to see how firmly the Campbells have left their imprint, how widely and in what a variety of ways. Appendices cover the heraldic history of Clan Campbell and the titles it has gained. The book is illustrated with maps expertly drawn by Kenneth Campbell and twenty pages of plates, four of them in colour.It includes appendices covering the Clan's heraldic history and the titles it has gained over the centuries, and ends with a full bibliography and comprehensive index. Alistair Campbell's trilogy ranges over the histories of the West Highlands, Scotland, and the Scots overseas, in all of which Clan Campbell played a notable and often decisive part. His writing has combined depth and readability in a well-paced narrative. In recording the history of one remarkable family of people, he has made a significant contribution to the history of Scotland as a whole. History of Clan Campbell: From the Restoration to the Present Day: 3 (History of Clan Campbell).

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