Clan Campbell

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Welcome to Clan Campbell

Clan Campbell Team
Team Leader Amy Gilpin
Team MembersJared Olar, Robb Reynolds, Ron Campbell, Dennis Gordon, Christine Preston, Butch Smith, Deborah Compton, Dennis Orr, Alton Rogers, Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy, Rayan Turner, Andrea Pack, Harriet Burns, Bobbie Hall
Clan Chief: Torquhil Ian Campbell - MacCailein Mor ('Son of Colin the Great').
Crest: On a boar's head erased fessways erased Or, armed Argent, langued Gules
Motto: Ne Obliviscaris (Latin for Forget Not)
Slogan/War Cry: Cruachan! (from the mountain north of Loch Awe, overlooking the bulk of the Campbell lands in Argyll)
Region: Highland
Historic Seat:Castle Campbell is a medieval castle situated above the town of Dollar, Clackmannanshire, in Argyllcentral Scotland
Plant badge: Bog Myrtle or Moss
Pipe music: known in Scottish Gaelic as "Baile Inneraora", which translates as "The Town of Inveraray"
Gaelic name: Clann Diarmaid

Clan Team

Team Goals

The focus of this team's work is to identify, improve and maintain profiles associated with the Lairds and Chiefs of Clan Campbell together with members bearing the name Campbell, the related families and those recognised as septs of Clan Campbell.

Team To Do List

This list will be developed by the Team. If you are working on a specific task, please list it here:

  • Add [[Category:Clan Campbell]] to profiles bearing the name Campbell on Wikitree, where they can be traced back to Scotland.
  • Review Campbell profiles on Wikitree to ensure they are as accurate as possible, correcting mistakes once spotted.
  • Add maintenance categories to profiles that are orphaned, need research, need sources, etc. as needed.
  • Summarize the History section of our Team page and add any detailed information to a separate: Clan Campbell - History space page. This page needs to be set up with the Scotland Project as a manager.
  • encouraging interest in and study of Clan Campbell.


Information on the Septs of the Clan Campbell has been extracted from Volume I of The History of the Clan Campbell by Alastair Lorne Campbell of Airds.

Clan Campbell Septs

Clan History

Please reduce this section to a brief summary and create a free space page for the History.

Clan Campbell

The current Clan Chief is Torquhil Ian Campbell, 13th Duke of Argyll, Marquess of Kintyre and Lorne, Earl of Argyll, Campbell and Cowal, Viscount Lochawe and Glenyla, Lord Campbell, Lorne, Kintyre, Inveraray, Mull, Morven and Tyrie in the peerage of Scotland, Baron Sundridge of Coombank and Baron Hamilton of Hameldon in the peerage of Great Britain, 6th Duke of Argyll in the peerage of the United Kingdom, Baronet of Nova Scotia, Hereditary Master of the Royal Household in Scotland, Hereditary Keeper of the Great Seal of Scotland, Hereditary Keeper of the royal castles of Dunoon, Carrick Castle, Dunstaffnage Castle and Tarbet, Admiral of the Western coasts and isles, and Chief of the Honourable Clan Campbell.

The chief's Gaelic title is MacCailein Mor ('Son of Colin the Great'). His Grace is also the hereditary High Sheriff of Argyllshire, Member Queen's Body Guard for Scotland and Member Royal Company of Archers.

The Campbells arrived in Argyll as part of a royal expedition in c.1220. They settled on Lochaweside where they were placed in charge of the King's lands in the area.

MacCailein Mor

Colin Mor Campbell (‘Colin The Great') was their Chief and his name ‘MacCailean Mor' is still used by the chief of the Clan Campbell, The Duke of Argyll, today.

Colin Mor Campbell was killed in 1296 and was succeeded by his son Sir Neil Campbell, companion and brother-in-law of King Robert the Bruce. The family headquarters were the great castle (now a ruin) at Innischonnell on Loch Awe, and remained so until 1450 when Sir Duncan Campbell (great grandson of Sir Colin) moved to Inveraray and built the first castle there. He was created Lord Campbell and thereafter a steady string of titles were awarded to the family. His grandson, Colin, was created 1st Earl of Argyll in 1457.

Master of the Royal Household

Archibald, the 2nd Earl of Argyll was granted the appointment of Master of the Royal Household in Scotland, a privilege still held by the Duke today. He was killed at Flodden fighting the English along with many of his Clan.

The 5th Earl, Archibald, was another military hero commanding a force of his own people which was more powerful than the existing armies of France and England. He was a power of international importance and only fell in defeat when in command of the army of Mary Queen of Scots in 1568.

The 8th Earl became the 1st Marquess of Argyll but his devotion to the Presbyterian religion led him reluctantly to enmity with King Charles I. The Earl led the Covenanters opposed to the King and was subsequently executed. The fortune of the House of Argyll was down until the Glorious Revolution in 1688.

Ending the Rebellion

The 10th Earl was very much in favour and was granted the Dukedom in 1701, together with a string of titles. Before that, however, he had raised a regiment know as the Earl of Argyle's Regiment of Foot, the unit tasked with the notorious Massacre of Glencoe, an episode inaccurately classed as an act of clan vengeance by the Campbells. The 2nd Duke was a famous soldier who commanded the Government Army at the Battle of Sheffifmuir which put paid to the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715 and was one of the first officers in the British Army to be promoted to the rank of Field Marshal. He instructed Vanbrugh to design a new Inveraray Castle befitting his elevated status. The Duke was created the Duke of Greenwich alongside the Argyll Dukedom, but the title lapsed without a direct male heir. His brother became the 3rd Duke of Argyll; another distinguished soldier who subsequently became the Lord Justice General of Scotland. He was responsible for developing the garden and surrounding poilicies in Inveraray, building the bridges, canalizing the river to enhance its beauty through the grounds and building the watch tower overlooking the castle today.

On the brink of economic disaster

The 4th and 5th Dukes were both renown soldiers and the far seeing efforts of the 5th Duke were almost destroyed by the 6th, a charming but dissolute playboy who left a string of debts and illegitimate children.

His brother, the 7th Duke, fought hard to avoid disaster and the family fortunes were, to an extent, restored by the time of the 8th Duke who was a successful politician, a Cabinet Minister and Renaissance Man.

It was the 8th Duke's son and heir who married Queen Victoria's daughter, Princess Louise, thereafter serving as Governor General of Canada before succeeding as 9th Duke. They had no children and the title went to a nephew.

Niall, 10th Duke, was a scholarly recluse and an expert on Scottish History and the Clan Campbell. He never married and the title passed to his cousin.

Clan Branches

Clan Campbell Branches
Campbell of AberuchillCampbell of Ardkinglas Campbell of Argyll - Chief's line
Campbell of AuchinbreckCampbell of Barbreck Campbell of Barcaldine
Campbell of Breadalbane and HollandCampbell of Carrick BouyCampbell of Cawdor
Campbell of CraignishCampbell of DunstaffnageCampbell of Duntroon
Campbell of Gartsford Campbell Glenorchy Campbell of Inverawe
Campbell of InverneillCampbell of Kenmore and MelfortCampbell of Lochnell
Campbell of LoudounCampbell of Lundie Campbell of Marchmont
Campbell of Ormidale Campbell of Otter Campbell of Possil
Campbell of Skipness Campbell of Strachur Campbell of Succoth

Other Names Associated with the Clan

Allied Clans

Clan Bruce,Clan Grant,Clan Drummond,Clan Leslie,Clan Maitland,Clan Malcolm Clan Scott,Clan Forbes,Clan Stewart of Balquhidder,Clan Menzies,Clan MacInnes,Clan MacEwen,Clan MacCallum,Clan MacLeod,Clan MacLachlan,Clan Buchanan,Clan MacFarlane,Clan Wallace

Rival Clans

Clan Gordon, Clan MacDougall, Clan MacDonald,Clan MacArthur,Clan Lamont,Clan MacGregor,Clan MacLaren,Clan MacLean,Clan MacKinnon Clan MacAlister,Clan MacLea,Clan Sinclair,Clan Calder,Clan MacNaghten

Clan Research and Free Space Pages

Source Material

Image Credits and Acknowledgements


First things first, if you are in any way related to clan Campbell you may want to watch this! Its a show that airs in Europe, and unfortunately not here in the U.S.A.
Its called Highland Clans, and guess what? Episode four is about the Campbell clan! Their Rise to power and fall into blood soaked conquests.
"Watch Episode 4"

Update: Sorry for my lack of updates. Kids broke the computer. I did however get my hands on some interesting books for the clan Campbell that I hope to use as a source for more information in regards to the family tree. As far as updates go, I have completed the facts you now see below. I have also started providing links to resources, things of interest and what not (the history sources will be there as well Once I get that section complete}.

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A quick introduction: I manage three Y-700 tests for Campbell testers that descend from Alexander Campbell that lived at Cornaigmore, Tiree, Scotland. He was born in 1704 and is shown living at Cornaigmore in the 1740's rent Rolls. I am also in close contact with a fourth tester that descends from this same Alexander Campbell 1704-1787.

I added the Category Clan Campbell to Peter Mclean Campbell entry.

I am also the admin to the Facebook page dedicated to doing Y-700 analysis for Campbell testers Campbell Y-DNA study

I plan on updating my entries to better explain this line of Campbell testers from Tiree

posted by Thomas Duescher
Why isn't there a Campbell clan sticker? For Campbell descendant profiles - I would love one as a descendant of Criagnish Campbell Clan.
Hi Sarah,

You can certainly add a clan sticker, the format is this, (you'll need to add **two** {curly brackets} on each end of the format to make it work)

User Scottish Clan |tartan = Scotland_-_Clan_Tartans-191.jpg |clan = Clan Campbell

More info on the template is here.

Another idea is to use the clan tartan as wallpaper/background on those profiles, as is used on this Clan Campbell page. This image name can be used on any profile: Scotland_-_Clan_Tartans-191.jpg On the edit screen of a profile, add that coding in the "Edit Photo Settings" section under "Background Image". You'll find other Campbell tartan images on the Scotland - Clan Tartans page.

Hope this is helpful.

posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
edited by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
I think everyone might enjoy an easy visit to Inveraray Castle found on You Tube:

posted by Loren Fay
Adding ___________ to Campbell profiles doesn't seem to work for me. What am I doing wrong? It just is not visible until I go to edit. What is it supposed to do and appear like? (If you can't see it, just hit edit)
posted by Ron Campbell
edited by Ron Campbell
We can't edit your comment, Ron, so can't see what's in the blank. Want to send me an email?
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
Hi Amy & Bobbie,

(I edited the original comment below)

No, I was just trying to show you that nothing appears on the profile I applied it to, after saving. The Clan Campbell project box works good and looks appropriate to me. Whatever this is meant to look like, with the double brackets, just isn't there after saving. Could I look at a Campbell profile that has it? Ron

On Friday, April 24, 2020, 10:03:54 AM CDT, WikiTree < [email address removed] gt; wrote:

The following comment from Amy Gilpin was posted on Clan Campbell. Do not reply to this e-mail. Click here to reply or send Amy a private message if you do not want your response to be public.

In response to this 24 Apr 2020 comment by Ron Campbell:

Adding to Campbell profiles doesn't seem to work for me. What am I doing wrong? It just is not visible, until I go to edit. What is it supposed to do and appear like? (If you can't see it after saving, just hit edit and the double bracket caption appears again. If you save, it goes away again)

posted by Ron Campbell
Let me try to put it here (not sure this'll work, but we'll try). Is this the sticker you're talking about Ron?

(double brackets) User Scottish Clan |tartan = Scotland_-_Clan_Tartans-17.jpg |clan = Clan Campbell (double brackets)

If so, it should give you a visible sticker on the profile. It should be place below the biography header, not above as the old project box was placed.

posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
edited by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
Or give me the URL of a profile you're working on and we can experiment there.
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
That's the project box I like using. I think it looks appropriate, but the suggestions I'm working on warn me it's not appropriate, because a project manager should approve; if I'm understanding right.

I have the same trouble with the military and war project box vs. the sticker. At least that one shows something after saving.

Again, could I look at any Campbell profile you can site, that successfully uses the double bracket Clan Campbell one?

posted by Ron Campbell
Be sure that the opening phrase of the one you're using is "User Scottish Clan" not "Scottish Clans". The latter is no longer valid.
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
I just noticed that it's on the very top of this Clan Campbell comments/ bio area and appears to do nothing to anything visible?!? What is it for?
posted by Ron Campbell
Hi Ron

Are you trying to add the line break? ---- (four dashes/minus signs)

That creates a thin gray line on the page.

posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
Hi Team! I hope you are all staying well and safe! I've added each of you to the Trusted List for our Clan Campbell Team page. We can use this page to communicate with each other about the work that needs to be done. I will be updating our To Do list this weekend, so if you see an area you'd like to work on, feel free to add your name beside the To Do List entry.

Happy Easter (if you celebrate)! ~ Amy

posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin

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