Archibald Campbell (1658-1703)

Archibald Campbell (1658-1703)

Nobleman and politician

Archibald Campbell was tenth earl and first duke of Argyll. His grandfather and father, the eighth and ninth earls respectively, had been executed for their involvement in the civil wars of the seventeenth century. Archibald Campbell offered to resist the invasion led by his father in 1685 and was one of the commissioners sent by the Scottish Convention of Estates to offer the crown to William and Mary. In 1689 he raised a regiment of six hundred men known as Argyll's Regiment of Foot. Several of the companies were involved in the massacre at Glencoe in 1692. He was created duke of Argyll in 1701. He married Elizabeth Talmash or Tollemache from whom he was separated for several years before his death. Much of his personal correspondence has been printed in Carstare's state papers and letters.

Birth in 1658

Archibald Campbell was born on 25 July 1658, the son of Archibald, lord Lorne and Mary Stewart. The entry in the Old Parish Register (OPR) for Canongate includes the names of two witnesses.

Baptism entry for Archibald Campbell

Baptism entry for Archibald Campbell (68 KB jpeg)
National Records of Scotland, OPR 685-3/40

Testament of Archibald, duke of Argyll

Archibald Campbell died at Chirton in Northumberland in September 1703.

National Records of Scotland, CC8/8/83 pp 97-101

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