Scotland Colville One Name Study

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Colville Origins in Scotland

The name Colville is said to be of Norman origins. The first recorded Colville in Scotland was Phillip de Colville. He was a hostage sent for the release of William the Lion under the Treaty of Falaise. Phillip was also granted the baronies of Oxnam and Hecton in Roxburghshire as well as lands in Ayrshire.


Ochiltree Castle was built by the Colvilles in the 12th century and destroyed in 1499 during a feud with the Douglases. In 1530, it was exchanged by Sir James Colville with Sir James Hamilton of Finnart for the barony of East Wemyss in Fife.

Colvilles of Culcross

Robert of Cleish’s barony had been rescinded from him in 1540 because of his father’s treason but was restored in 1543.

Lords Colville of Culross (1604)
Barons Colville of Culross (1885)
  • Charles John Colville, 1st Baron Colville of Culross (1885–1903) (elevated to Viscount Colville of Culross in 1902)
Viscounts Colville of Culross (1902)

The heir presumptive is the present holder's brother the Hon. Richmond James Innys Colville (b. 1961)

Argyll Colvilles

In the mid 17th century In the mid 1700s the Duke of Argyll decided to improve the farming. He invited a number of successful Ayreshire farmers to settle in Kintrye. Among them was William (Colville) of Lesnessock (abt.1600-1678) who acquired Lessnessock Between 23 July 1631 and 17 February 1644.

Campbeltown Whisky

The family prospered and became quite large. They were among the prominent distillers during the heyday of the Campbeltown Distilleries.

The Colvilles in Argyll were mostly from Campbeltown with some in Killean and Kilchenzie.


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  • Way, George, and Romilly Squire. Collins Scottish Clan & Family Encyclopedia. Glasgow: HarperCollinsPublishers, 1994. Pages 110-111. Note: The Wikipedia article on Clan Colville is nearly word for word from this book.

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