Campbell of Lochow and Argyll

to end of 16th Century


Ancestry: Colin Campbell of Lochow, Knight, son of Sir Gillespic Campbell of Menstrie (d ca 1280), k ca 1294, fighting Alexander, Lord of Lorne,at the Ath-dearg (red ford) of Lorn (where a cairn marks the site of his grave). Sir Colin m , possibly a dtr of Sinclair of Roslin (alias St Clair of Roslin), and had issue:
..A1 Neil, his heir [see below]
..A2 Donald Campbell, ancestor of the Campbells of Loudon.
..A3 Dugald Campbell of Torsa, Knight, Laird of Menstrie in Clackmannanshire, swore fealty to King Edward I in 1296, but later joined Robert Bruce.
..A4 Arthur Campbell, Knight, Constable of Dunstaffnage, swore fealty to King Edward I in 1296, but later joined Robert Bruce. (Some writers have doubted he was the son of Sir Colin.)
..A5 Duncan Campbell, alive in 1296.
..A6 Gillespie Campbell

The heir:
Neil (or Nigel) Campbell of Lochow, Knight, joined Robert Bruce in 1296 and fought for him in almost every action between Methven and Bannockburn. He m 1st ante 1303 the yr dtr of Andrew Crawford, whose wardship had been granted to him by King Edward I, and had with other issue:
..A1 Colin, his heir [see below]
He m 2nd (it has been said) Margaret Cameron, possibly the widow of Hubert de Multon, and had by her issue:
..A2 Duncan Campbell Macdhonnachie of Inverawe, progenitor of the Campbells of Inverawe
He m 3rd, ca 1312, Mary, sister of King Robert I, dtr of Robert Bruce, Lord of Annandale, and Earl of Carrick (in right of his wife), by Margaret dtr of Neil, 2nd Earl of Carrick, Regent of Scotland, by his wife Margaret, dtr of Walter, 3rd High Steward of Scotland, and was granted, together with his wife and their 2nd son John, all the lands held in Scotland by David de Strathbogie, 11th Earl of Atholl. By Mary (who m 2nd, 1316, Sir Alexander Fraser of Touchfraser, Great Chamberlain of Scotland) he had issue:
..A3 John Campbell of Moulin, b ca 1313, created Earl of Atholl ca 1320, m Joanna dtr of Sir John Menteith of Rusky and widow of Malise, Earl of Strathern, and was k at the Battle of Halidon Hill 19 July 1333 leaving no issue. His widow m 3rd Sir Maurice Moray of Drumsagard (on whom the Earldom of Strathearn was conferred 1343/4 and who d 17 Oct 1346) and m 4th ante Nov 1347 William Sutherland, 4th Earl of Sutherland (d 1370). She was alive in 1367.
..A4 Dougal Campbell, living 1323, had issue:
....B1 John Campbell, whose dtr Mariota (or Margaret) m as his 2nd wife her 2nd cousin Sir Colin Campbell of Lochow [see below]

The heir:
Colin Campbell of Lochow, Knight, granted all the lands of Lochow, united with the lands of Ardsheodnish, in free barony 10 Feb 1315. He accompanied the expedition of King Robert I to Ireland in 1316 to win its throne for the King's brother, Edward Bruce, and in 1334 assisted Robert, 7th High Steward of Scotland, to recover the Castle of Dunoon from the English, following which he was appointed its heritable Keeper. He is believed to have m Helena, dtr of Sir John Mor, son of the Earl of Lennox, and had issue:
..A1 Archibald, his heir [see below]
..A2 Dugal Campbell of Glassary, m Margaret, sister and heiress of John Glasreth of Glassary
..A3 John Campbell
..a1. a daughter
Sir Colin, who d ante 2 May 1343, is reported to have had also a natural son, Niall Campbell, ancestor of the Campbells of Melfort.

The heir:
Archibald (or Gillespic) Campbell, Lord of Lochow, was granted several forfeited estates 2 May 1343, and received also from Mary, Countess of Menteith, a grant of Kilmun, confirmed by charter of King David II 11 October 1363. He has been reported to have m a dtr of Sir John Menteith, but there is no confirmation of this. He m Mary (or Isabella) dtr of Sir John Lamont of that Ilk, and d ante 1394 having by her had issue:
..A1 Colin, his heir [see below]
..A2 Duncan Campbell, reported to be the ancestor of the Campbells of Glenfeochan

The heir:
Colin Campbell, Lord of Lochow, Knight, m 1st Margaret 2nd dtr of Sir John Drummond of Stobhall, and sister of Annabella, Queen of Robert III, by whom he had no issue. He m 2nd ante 1 April 1387 his 2nd cousin Mariota (or Margaret) dtr of John Campbell, son of Dugald Campbell, son of Sir Neil Campbell (see above), and d before 1414, having had issue:
..A1 Duncan, his heir [see below]
..A2 John Campbell of Barbreck, ancestor of the Campbells of Inverliver. (The Campbells of Succoth claim descent from a cadet of the Campbells of Barbreck.)
..A3 Colin Campbell of Ardkinglass m 1396 Christina dtr of Robert MacLayman (alias Lamont) of Inveryne and was the ancestor of the Campbells of Ardentinny, of Auchnawillan, of Carrick, of Dergachy, and of Clachan.
..A4 Dugall Mor Campbell of Dunstaffnage m a dtr of Macdonald of the Isles and was ancestor of the Campbells of Glenamackrie, of Scammadale, of Torry, and of Crackaig.
..A5 Donald Campbell, alive 1442
..A6 Patrick Campbell
..A7 Celestine Campbell
Sir Colin was reported to have two natural sons, Dugall Campbell, Dean of Argyll, alive in 1442, and Duncan Campbell, ancestor of the Campbells of Duntroon.

The heir:
Duncan Campbell of Lochow, Lord of Argyll, Knight, 1st Lord Campbell, succeeded his father between 1412 and 1414, a hostage for the redemption of King James I from his captivity in England 1424, Justiciar of Argyll, was raised to the peerage as a Lord of Parliament in 1445. He m 1st Marcelline (or Marjory), dtr of Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany, Regent of Scotland, by his 1st wife Margaret, Countess of Menteith (s.j.), and by her (who d before August 1432) had issue:
..A1 Archibald (or Gillespie or Celestin) [see below] He m2nd ante 12 Mar 1439/40 Margaret dtr of Sir John Stewart of Blackhall and Ardgowan, bastard son of King Robert III, and d 1453 having by her had further issue:
..A2 Colin Campbell of Glenurchy, Baron of Lawers, Knight, ancestor of the Campbells of Glenurchy, of Lawers, of Glenlyon, of Monzie, of Barcaldine, and of Breadalbane.
..A3 Neil Campbell of Ormidale, progenitor of the Campbells of Ormidale.
..A4 Duncan Campbell of Kilmichael, ancestor of the Campbells of Auchinbreck.
..A5 Archibald Campbell, ancestor of the first Campbells of Otter.

The eldest son:
Archibald, Master of Campbell, m 1st, Elizabeth, dtr of John Somerville, 3rd Lord Somerville, and dante March 1440, in the lifetime of his father, leaving by her a son:
..A1 Colin, his heir, and heir to his grandfather, 1st Lord Campbell [see below]

The heir:
Colin Campbell, 2nd Lord Campbell, succeeded his grandfather 1453 while still in his minority, and was created Earl of Argyll in 1457.

The ancestry of the Campbells is continued in the history of the Earls of Argyll (in preparation).

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