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Charles Campbell

Immediate Family:

Son of Duke Archibald Campbell, of Argyll and Mary Campbell, Countess of Argyll
Husband of Lady Sophia Campbell (Lindsay)
Brother of Lady Jane Campbell, Marchioness of Lothian; Anne Maitland (Lady Campbell); Duke Archibald Campbell, of Argyll; James Campbell and Hon. John Campbell of Mamore, MP for Dunbartonshire
Half brother of Lord Colonel William Campbell

Occupation: Colonel, MP for Campbelltown (1700)
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About Col. Hon. Charles Campbell

From Darryl Lundy's Peerage page on Col. Hon. Charles Campbell:

Colonel Hon. Charles Campbell [1]

  • M, #20861,
  • b. after 1660
  • Last Edited=26 Jan 2011
  • Consanguinity Index=1.47%

Colonel Hon. Charles Campbell was born after 1660.

He married, firstly, Lady Sophia Lindsay, daughter of Alexander Lindsay, 1st Earl of Balcarres and Lady Anne Mackenzie, in 1678.[1]

He married, secondly, Betty Bowles.[1]

He was the son of Archibald Campbell, 9th Earl of Argyll and Lady Mary Stuart.[1]

  • In 1685 he was forfeited for participation in his father's rebellion.[1]
  • In 1689 he was pardoned, and his attainder reversed.[1]
  • He held the office of Member of Parliament (M.P.) for Campbeltown [Scotland] in 1700.[1]


  • 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.

From "The House of Commons 1690-1715" by Eveline Cruickshanks and Stuart Handley:

Of the former commissioners to the Scottish parliament, there were three potential candidates in 1708, two of whom had sat for Scotland in the first Parliament of Great Britain. But Dougal Stewart (Rothesay) set his sights on the counties of Buteshire and Perthshrie; and Daniel Campbell (Inveraray) looked to his local interest with Glasgow Burghs. It is conceivable that, with stronger backing, John Muir (Ayr) might have stood. He was a Court supporter, who earned a secret service payment of 100 pounds for his role in the passage of the Union. Yet no challenge by him is known.

The commissioners to the last Scottish parliament for Campbeltown and Irvine were completely out of the running: the former, Hon. Charles Campbell, was an uncle of Argyll, whereas the latter, George Munro, was a local merchant whose lacklustre support for the Union had faded into absenteeism.

The preparations for the 1708 election were therefore relatively straightforward. The Duke of Argyll, having decided to nominate another of his uncles, Hon. James Campbell, obtained the support of the 1st Earl of Bute (d. 1710). Campbell was made burgess of Rothesay to capacitate him for election as commissioner for the burgh; he thereafter voted in his favor at the district election, where we was assured of the votes of Campbeltown and Inveraray. In a five-burgh district, this united front by three burghs made the election a foregone conclusion, rendering Ayr's role as presiding burgh of no account.

From The Frasers of Lovat and Strichen by Clan Fraser of Canada, regarding Charles Campell's descendants interaction with Clan Fraser:

The son of the first marriage, Thomas Fraser (b. 1691), settled in Campbelltown and married Margaret Campbell, d/o Colonel Charles Campbell by his 2nd wife, Elizabeth Bowles. Colonel Charles Campbell, whose first wife was Lady Sophia Lindsay [d/o Alexander, 1st Earl of Balcarres], was the third son of Archibald, 9th Earl of Argyll (1629-1685) by Lady Mary Stewart [eldest d/o James, 5th Earl of Moray], and brother german to Archibald, 10th Earl & 1st Duke of Argyll (c1658-1703) and John Campbell of Mamore (c1660-1729) who was the father of Primrose Campbell (1710-1796) who in 1733 married Simon Fraser, 11th Lord Lovat (c1668-1747).

It is not known why his son Thomas by his 1st wife Elizabeth Cockburn, was passed over as the heir of Alexander Fraser, 5th of Strichen, in favour of his sons James and Alexander by his 2nd wife Æmelia Stewart. James Fraser, 6th of Strichen, was presumed to have died unmarried or without issue, before 1725. Alexander Fraser, 7th of Strichen (c1699-1775) was later known as Lord Strichen, a law lord who married in 1731 Lady Anne Campbell (c1695-1736), widow of James, 2nd Earl of Bute, and d/o Archibald Campbell, 10th Earl & 1st Duke of Argyll by Elizabeth Tollemache [d/o Elizabeth, Countess of Dysart & Duchess of Lauderdale by her first husband Sir Lionel Tollemache or Talmash]. The Duke and Duchess of Argyll later separated because he was a notorious philanderer.

Also of interest is the fact that the other daughter of Colonel Charles Campbell, and the sister of Margaret Campbell who married Thomas Fraser [eldest s/o Alexander Fraser, 5th of Strichen and half-brother of Lord Strichen] was Charlotte Campbell who married Thomas Fraser, 6th of Ardachy (1694-1754), Collector of Customs at Campbelltown, who was descended from James, youngest son of Alexander Fraser, 4th Lord Lovat (1527-1557), and brother of Thomas Fraser of Knockie, Tutor of Lovat (1548-1612) who acquired the estate of Strichen by marriage with the widow of Thomas Fraser of Strichen [3rd s/o Sir Alexander Fraser, 7th of Philorth].

In Some Fraser Pedigrees (1934) covering the chapter on the Frasers of Ardachy (p. 125), Duncan Warrand refers to Thomas Fraser, then living at Campbelltown, who was brother to Alexander Fraser of Strichen:

“This Thomas Fraser married a sister of the wife of Collector Thomas Fraser, and had two daughters, Elizabeth, wife of Lieut. W. Fordyce, and Emilia, wife of W. Abernethy. Thomas Fraser, Collector of Customs married Charlotte, daughter of Colonel the Hon. Charles Campbell (third son of Archibald, ninth Earl of Argyll), by his second wife, Elizabeth Bowles” - per Thomas Fraser-Campbell, Esquire, Lonsdale, Helensburgh.

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