About Mary Campbell (Wharton)
Mary Wharton was born in 1677.1 She was the daughter of Hon. Philip Wharton, and the great-niece of the 4th Lord Wharton, also named Philip.
1 She married Hon. James Campbell, son of Archibald Campbell, 9th Earl of Argyll and Lady Mary Stuart, on 14 November 1690, after he forcibly carried her off, with the aid of Archibald Montgomery and Sir John Johnston.1
1 Her marriage to Hon. James Campbell was annulled by Act of Parliament five weeks later on 20 Dec. 1690.1 Johnston was found guilty of forcible abduction and hanged at Tyburn on 23 Dec. 1690. Campbell escaped to Scotland and was never prosecuted.
Mary is believed to have given birth to a son nine months after the marriage in August of 1691. The baby was named Thomas Wharton. (1691-1746) Mary married her cousin Robert Byerley in 1692, and they had five children, all of whom died without issue. There is no record or evidence that her son by James Campbell ever lived with her.
The Scots Peerage reports that in 1695, James Campbell married Margaret Leslie, third daughter of David Leslie, 1st Lord Newark, and they had four children.
1. [S8] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 106th edition, 2 volumes (Crans, Switzerland: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 1999), volume 1, page 105. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 106th edition.