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John Campbell

Also Known As: "11th Thane of Cawdor", "11th Thane Of Cawdor Campbell", "Prior of Ardchattan"
Birthplace: Calder, Nairnshire, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Death: February 1592 (47-56)
Knipoch House, Knipoch, Argyll, Scotland (United Kingdom) (Murdered - shot with a blunderbuss while staying at Knipoch House)
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Archibald Campbell, 2nd of Calder and Isobel Grant of Freuchie
Husband of Jane Lauder and Mary Keith of Marischal
Partner of N.N. mistress of John Campbell 3rd of Calder
Father of John Campbell; Marian Campbell; Donald Campbelll of Ardnamurchan, 1st Baronet; Sir Duncan Mor Campbell, Kt.; Prior Alexander Campbell of Ardchattan and 2 others
Brother of Beatrix Grant; Jean Campbell of Cawdor; Sir Colin Glenorchy Campbell; Robert Campbell and Niail of Ormidale

Occupation: 3rd Laird of Calder, 11th Thane of Cawdor
Managed by: Ric Dickinson
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About Sir John Campbell, 3rd of Calder

Sit John CAMPBELL 3rd Of Calder , M

  • Birth abt 1546 Cawdor Castle, Nairnshire, Scotland
  • Death Feb 1591 Keppoch Castle, Lochaber, Scotland (Assassinated)
  • Father heir to Archibald CAMPBELL 2nd Of Calder , M (~1514-1551)
  • Mother Lady Isobel GRANT Of Freuchie , F (~1524-)




  • 1UNNAMED , F


  1. Marian , F (~1575-~1604)
  2. Donald , M (~1570-)
  3. Duncan Mor , M (~1573-)

2Lady Mary KEITH Of Marischal , F Birth abt 1550 Dunottar Castle, Kirncardineshire, Scotland FatherEarl William KEITH 4th Marischal , M (~1506-1581) MotherHeiress Margaret KEITH Of Inverugie , F (~1518-) Marr Date5 Jun 1575 (Date of marriage contract)


  1. John , M (~1576-1642)
  2. Beatrix , F (~1578-)
  3. Duncan , M (~1580-)

3Jean/Janet LAUDER , F



  • Sir John Campbell (d 01.05.1546) m. (1510) Muriel Calder (d c1575, dau of Sir John Calder of Calder)
    • 1. Archibald Campbell of Cawdor (d 12.1551) m. (before 1543) Isabel Grant (dau of James Grant of
      • A. John Campbell of Cawdor (d 02.1590/1)
      • m1. (1575) Mary Keith (dau of William Keith, 4th Earl Marischal)
        • i. Sir John Campbell of Cawdor (d 1642) m1. Jean Campbell (d by 08.1622, dau of Sir Duncan Campbell, 1st Bart of Glenorchy)
      • m2. Jean (Janet) Lauder (dau of ?? Lauder of Bass) Possibly of this generation, but by which marriage is unknown (probably the 1st as the 2nd marriage must have been shortlived), was ...
        • ii. Marion (Marjorie) Campbell m. George Ross of Balnagowan (d before 08.09.1615) partner unknown
        • iii. Sir Donald Campbell, Bart of Ardnamurchan and Airds (d 1651) m1. Jane Campbell (dau of Colin Campbell, 6th Earl of Argyll) m2. Anne Campbell (natural dau of Colin Campbell, 6th Earl of Argyll) a. John Campbell (dvpsp) b. Katherine Campbell (dsp) m1. John McDougal of Rayray m2. James Campbell of Kilbrandan c. Beatrix Campbell m. (29.04.1614) Archibald Campbell, 8th Captain of Dunstaffnage (d 1652) d. Mary Campbell probably of this generation m. Duncan Campbell of Sanaig (d before 1695) Possibly fitting here, being described in BLG1937 (Campbell, formerly of Skipness) as a natural son of the 3rd laird of Calder, is ...
        • iv. Duncan Mor a. John Campbell (Captain) (1) John Campbell (WS) (2) Jean Campbell m. (c1660) Walter Campbell of Skipness (d c1702)

Notes for Sir John CAMPBELL 3rd Of Calder

Dame Murial outlived both her husband [John] and her son [Archibald. In the year 1573, the old lady deems it expedient settle her affairs, which she does by resigning the thanedom and baronies of Cawdor in favour of her grandson, John Campbell who had just come of age.

He married Mary Keith, daughter of the Earl Marishal, and sister of Annas Keith, countess of Moray, and afterwards Countess of Argyle. through this marriage connexion, John Campbell of Cawdor was drawn away from Cawdor to the shores of Argyle, and the story of his tragic end. …

Source: HISTORY OF NAIRNSHIRE, by George Bain, Nairn, 1893, pp. 194-95 —————————————————

John Campbell, 3rd of Cawdor (Calder)

Father: Archibald Campbell, 2nd of Cawdor (Calder Mother: Isabella Grant

1st Marriage: Marriage Contract 5 Jun 1575

Wife: Mary Keith


  • 1. John Campbell, 4th of Cawdor
  • 2. Beatrix Campbell
  • 3. Duncan Campbell of Sonnachan

2nd Marriage Wife: Jean/Janet Lauder

Partner(s) Unknown

  • 1. Marian Campbell, b. 1561 [1575], Calder, Nairnshire, Scotland
  • 2. Donald Campbell, of Ardnamurchan, 1st Baronet, b. Abt 1570, Ardnamurchan, Argyllshire, Scotland
  • 3. Duncan Mor Campbell, of Moy?, b. Abt 1571, Calder, Argyllshire, Scotland

Source: Clan MacFarlane and Associated Clans -

ather Sir Archibald Campbell, 2nd of Cawdor (Calder), b. Abt 1510, d. Dec 1551, Calder Castle, Nairnshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 41 years) Mother Isabella Grant, b. Abt 1520, d. Yes, date unknown Married Abt 1535 [1] Alt. Marriage Bef 1543 [1] Family ID F4889 Group Sheet | Family Chart

Family 1 Mary Keith, b. Abt 1549, d. Yes, date unknown Married 1575 [1] Marriage Contract 5 Jun 1575 [2] Children + 1. Sir John Campbell, 4th of Cawdor (Calder), d. 1642, Balindore, Scotland + 2. Beatrix Campbell, b. Abt 1582, Cawdor, Nairn, Scotland , d. Yes, date unknown + 3. Duncan Campbell, of Sonnachan, b. Abt 1585, Calder, Argyllshire, Scotland, d. Abt 1633 (Age ~ 48 years)

Family 2 Jean (or Janet) Lauder, d. Yes, date unknown

Family 3 Partner(s) Unknown, d. Yes, date unknown Married Type: Unmarried Partner [3] Children + 1. Sir Donald Campbell, of Ardnamurchan, 1st Baronet, b. Abt 1570, Ardnamurchan, Lochaber, Argyllshire, Scotland , d. 1651, Barbreck, Craignish, Argyllshire, Scotland (Age ~ 81 years) + 2. Marian Campbell, b. 1561, Calder, Nairnshire, Scotland n, d. Yes, date unknown + 3. Duncan Mor Campbell, of Moy?, b. Abt 1571, Calder, Argyllshire, Scotland , d. Aft 28 Jun 1602 (Age ~ 31 years)

   1 - Murdered in an Argyll plot.
   2 - Huntly and the Chancellor Maitland were connected with three chieftains of the clan Campbell— Ardkinlas, Lochnell, and Glenurchy— against the life of John Campbell of Calder, who was obnoxious to the latter persons on account of his supreme influence in the affairs of the minor Earl of Argyle. By the exertions of Ardkinlas, a man called MacEllar was procured to undertake the assassination of Calder: and in the same month which saw the tragedy at Dunnibrissle, this wretched man shot Calder with three bullets, through a window, as the victim sat unsuspecting of danger in the house of Knepoch in Lorn.
   MacEllar and a higher agent in the a person of John Oig Campbell of Cabrachan, a brother of Lochnell, were taken and executed for Calder's death; but owing to various causes, among which the complicity and friendship of Maitland was probably the chief, Ardkinlas continued for a considerable time to keep out of the grasp of the law. [4]


  1. [S6] Stirnet Genealogy, Peter Barns-Graham, Campbell05: Burkes Peerages 1934 (Cawdor) (Reliability: 3).
  2. [S5] International Genealogical Index - submitted, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
  3. [S6] Stirnet Genealogy, Peter Barns-Graham, Campbell05 (Reliability: 3).
  4. [S87] Domestic Annals of Scotland, Robert Chalmers, (1874, h tm (Reliability: 3).
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Sir John Campbell, 3rd of Calder's Timeline

Calder, Nairnshire, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Calder, Nairnshire, Scotland
Ardchattan, Oban, Argyll and Bute, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Ardnamurchan, Lochaber, Argyllshire, Scotland
Calder, Argyllshire, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Nairn, Nairnshire, Scotland
Scotland (United Kingdom)
February 1592
Age 52
Knipoch House, Knipoch, Argyll, Scotland (United Kingdom)