Colin Campbell

(1st Earl of Argyll)

c.1406 - 1493

Loyal noble. Campbell was a supporter of King James II (1430 - 60) against the 'Black Douglases', led by William, the 8th Earl of Douglas (c.1425 - 1452). He was sent by King James III (1452-88) to negotiate with King Edward IV of England in 1463 and again in 1474. Campbell was created Earl of Argyll in 1457, a line which became the Dukes of Argyll in 1701. He was appointed Master of the King's household in 1464 and was granted significant tracts of land in Argyll. However, Campbell supported a rebellion against James III in 1487, and lost favour. However, his positions were restored the following year with the accession King James IV (1473 - 1513). His youngest son, Sir Colin Campbell of Glenorchy, gave rise to the Earls of Breadalbane. He was interred at Kilmun Parish Church.

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