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Colin Campbell, 1st Lord of Glenorchy

Also Known As: "Colin /Campbell/", "3rd Earl of Argyle"
Birthplace: Lochow, Argyll, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Death: September 14, 1475 (42-51)
Tower of Strathfillan, Perthshire, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Place of Burial: Knapdale, Argyllshire, Scotland
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Duncan Campbell of Lochow, 1st Lord Campbell and Marjorie Stewart
Husband of Mariott Stewart; Janet Campbell and Margaret Stirling
Father of Patrick Campbell; Duncan Campbell, 2nd Lord of Glenorchy; John Campbell; Gyllis Campbell; John Campbell and 11 others
Brother of Archibald Campbell, Master of Campbell and Celestine Campbell
Half brother of Neil Campbell, of Ormidale; Sir Duncan Campbell, of Kilmichael, 1st Lord of Auchinbreck and Arthur or Archibald Campbell, Ancestor of Otter

Occupation: 3rd Earl of Argyll, 1st Lord of Glenorchy, Laird of Ardkinglas, Lochgoilhead, Argyllshire, I Laird Of Glenorchy
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About Colin Campbell, 1st Lord of Glenorchy


The Scots Peerage I: 231

Son of Sir Duncan Campell and his 1st wife, Margaret (Marjorie) Stewart (daughter of Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany, governor of Scotland)

Evidence from the National Records of Scotland


27 October 1439: Precis made by Dr Annie Dunlop, Florence, of a dispensation for marriage of Colin Campbell, kt, and Marion Stewart, who have been living together in fornication, ignorant of fact that they are related in second and third, and third and fourth degrees of consanguinity and in the third and third degrees of affinity. National Records of Scotland, Papers of the Campbell Family, Earls of Breadalbane (Breadalbane Muniments), Marriage Contracts and Related Papers, reference GD112/25/1


4 October 1440: Charter by Isabella, duchess of Albany, countess of Levenax, Inchedavanow, to Colin Campbell, kt, laird of Glenurchay, by reason of his marriage to Marion Stewart, daughter of deceased Walter Stewart of Albany, granter's son, of lands of Feorlyng More and Feorlyng Natara of Kangerlouch, and lands of Mame Beg and Mame More in granter's earldom of Levenax, sheriffdom of Dumbertane, to be held by said Colin and Marion and their legitimate heirs, whom failing, to Andrew Stewart of Albany, kt, granter's grandson, son of said deceased Walter, with proviso that all thieves convicted there are to be hanged on the duchess's gallows at Faslane. Witnesses: Arthur Stewart, granter's grandson, Gilbert of Galbrathe, John Campbell and Alexander McYwyr, her relatives, sir John of Rosnethe, vicar of Luss, sir Gilbert McArthour, chaplain, Donald the clerk and sir Walter Bet, rector of Craginche. Seal entire on tag. National Records of Scotland, Papers of the Campbell Family, Earls of Breadalbane (Breadalbane Muniments), Marriage Contracts and Related Papers, reference GD112/25/2


15 March 1448-49: Charter, de me, by John Stewart, lord of Lorne, in favour of John Campbell, kt., lord of Glenurquhay, in terms of contract of marriage between the latter and granter's daughter, JANET STEWART, in following lands; 5 merkland of Letterbean, ½ merkland between Lakans and Altmothle, with island of Incheconnon and all other islands annexed therto, the pennyland of Clarga and Blara, the pennyland of Corelarumayr, pennylands of Clucherach, Poll Andnowych, Aeynyth, Lochacyleod, with the lake of Lochyleod, Drumnaschealga, Blaraneadyn, pennyland of Strying with its lake and islands, and the pennyland of Fynglann, in lordship of Lorne, sheriffdom of Perth. Witnesses: Alan Stewart, granter's brother; Patrick Gregor of Stromnelachan; John [Johnson?] Campbell Ywar; Duncan (lord) Beane; David, Chanter of Lysmoyr; sir Gavin, curate of [Clachan] Dysert. At the castle of Glenurquhay. Granter's seal on tag; good condition. National Records of Scotland, Papers of the Campbell Family, Earls of Breadalbane (Breadalbane Muniments), reference GD112/75/1


15 March 1448-49: Copy charter by John Stewart, lord of Lorne, to Colin Campbell, kt., laird of Glenurquhay, his relative, by reason of marriage of said Colin and JONET STEWART, granter's daughter, of 5 merkland of Letterbean, with half merkland between LeakansumMar and river called Altmothle with island of Inchconnan and all other islands annexed, 1 pennyland of Elarge and Blara, pennyland of Corelarne, pennyland of Cluchich, pennyland of Poll Andowich, pennyland of Aeynyh Lochantyleod in loch of Lochtynleod, pennyland of Drunnaschealge and Blaranaedyn, pennyland of Stryng with its loch and islands, and pennyland of Fynglean, in lordship of Lorn, sheriffdom of Perth, at the castle of Glenurquhay. Witnesses: Alan Stewart, granter's brother, Peter McGregor of Sronmelachan, John Johnston, [wanting] Campbell, Ewar Duncanson, Duncan Vean, David, chanter of Lismore, and sir Gavin, curate of Dysart. National Records of Scotland, Papers of the Campbell Family, Earls of Breadalbane (Breadalbane Muniments), reference GD112/1/7


20 November 1454: Letters by George (Lauder), bishop of Argyll, reciting apostolic letters of Pope Nicholas, 5 ides April 1454, a.r. 8, for marriage of Colin Campbell, kt., of Glenurquha, and JONET STEWART, daughter of John Stewart, lord of Lorne, who are within the forbidden degrees of consanguinity. Witnesses: John Stewart, lord of Lorne, Colin Campbell, lord of Lochaw, sir James Lawdre, vicar of Kippen, Thomas Spens, rector of Lochfine, and sir Ninian Morrison (Moritii). Seal almost entire, on tag. National Records of Scotland, Papers of the Campbell Family, Earls of Breadalbane (Breadalbane Muniments), reference GD112/1/8


17 December 1456: Instrument narrating that John Stewart, lord of Lorne, gave sasine, propriis manibus, to Colin Campbell, knight, of Gleanourchaye, and Jonet Stewart, his spouse, daughter of said John, in lands of Lettirvean and Vrailorne, 17 December 1456. Notary: David Ouchtour, priest, Dunblane diocese. Witnesses: George, bishop of Argyll, Colin Campbell, lord of Lochou, Donald McLachlan of that ilk, Maurice [McFadzen], treasurer of Argyll, Patrick Laudor, vicar of Kippen and chaplain. National Records of Scotland, Papers of the Campbell Family, Earls of Breadalbane (Breadalbane Muniments), reference GD112/2/37/1


Sir 'Black' Colin Campbell, of Breadalbane, 1st of Glenorchy[1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

1428 - 1489

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   Title  	Sir 
   Suffix  	of Breadalbane, 1st of Glenorchy 
   Birth  	Abt 1428  	Lochow, Argyllshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
   Gender  	Male 
   Alt. Death  	Sep 1475 
   Died  	24 Sep 1489  	Tower Of Strathfillan, Perthshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [6] 
   Buried  	26 Sep 1489  	Kilmartin, Knapdale, Argyllshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [6] 
   Person ID  	I922  	Clan current
   Last Modified  	31 Oct 2015 08:02:23 

Father Duncan "Na-Adh" (Fortunate or Prosperous) Campbell, of Lochow, 1st Lord Campbell of Argyll, b. 1364, Lochow, Argyllshire, Scotland

   Mother  	Margaret Stewart, b. 7 Apr 1397, Lochow, Argyllshire, Scotland  
   Family ID  	F941  	Group Sheet

Family 1 Mariot (Mary) Stewart, b. Bef 1425, Lennox, Dumbarton, Scotland

   Married  	Abt 1446  	Argyllshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [6] 
   Last Modified  	24 Aug 2015 14:03:00 
   Family ID  	F1528  	Group Sheet

Family 2 Janet (Jonet) Stewart, b. Abt 1432, Lorn, Argyllshire, Scotland

   Married  	Abt 1448  	Argyllshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [6] 
    	1. Patrick Campbell
   >	2. Duncan Campbell, 2nd of Glenorchy, b. 1455, Glenurchy, Argyllshire, Scotland
   Last Modified  	24 Aug 2015 14:03:00 
   Family ID  	F1530  	Group Sheet

Family 3 Margaret Robertson, b. Abt 1433, Struan, Strath Earn, Perthshire, Scotland

   Married  	Abt 1454  	Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7] 
    	1. John Campbell, Bishop of the Isles
   >	2. Margaret Campbell
   Last Modified  	24 Aug 2015 14:03:00 
   Family ID  	F1531  	Group Sheet

Family 4 Margaret Stirling, b. Abt 1432, Keir, Dumfriesshire, Scotland

   Married  	Bef 27 Oct 1467  	Keir, Dumfriesshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 8] 
    	1. George Campbell
   >	2. Mariota Campbell
   >	3. Gyllis (Egidia) Campbell
   >	4. John Campbell, of Auchreoch, 1st of Lawers, b. Abt 1458, Glenorchy, Argyllshire, Scotland
   >	5. Helen Campbell, b. Abt 1463, Glenorchy, Argyllshire, Scotland
   Last Modified  	24 Aug 2015 14:03:00 
   Family ID  	F1533  	Group Sheet

Photos Kilchurn Castle Kilchurn Castle

   Kilchurn is the original castle of the Glenurchy and Breadalbane Campbells.
   Kilchurn Castle	Kilchurn Castle
   built in the year 1437 of Sir Colin Campbell, the first Laird of Glenurquhay.


       of Glenurchy, Baron of Lawers, Knight, ancestor of the Campbells of Glenurchy, of Lawers, of Glenlyon, of Monzie, of Barcaldine, and of Breadalbane.
       Earliest tracable ancestor of the Campbell family of Breadalblane, and first of the house of Glenorchy.
       Recieved the lands of Glenorchy in 1432 from his father, after he had thrown the MacGregors off it and recieved it by royal charter.
       Sir Colin claimed Glenlyon from the Stewarts of Garth, mainly using weapons as his arguments. He became progenitor of the Campbells of Breadalbane and guardian of Colin Earl of Argyll during the latter's minority. Due to his pilgrimage to Rome he was known as Colin dubh na Rhoime. He was married to Margaret, daughter of John Stewart of Lorne. (Sister of Isabella, heiress to the Lordship of Lorne).
       The name Breadalbane refers mainly to the lands owned by the Campbells from Oban to Aberfeldy. The name Breadalbane derives from the old celtic words signifying "high Albane" or "the high part of Scotland in the kingdom of Albany". The area is steeped in history, much of it recorded in ancient records, much recorded in ancient pictish carvings and before that, evidence of early occupation lies in 'cup and ring' markings which are found carved in the rocks all over Breadalbane.
       It was in 1473 that the first of the Campbell's got a footing in Breadalbane, he did so by helping capture the murderer of King James I. As a reward Sir Colin Campbell of Glenorchy got the Barony of Lawers and the estates of Balloch. There were not many Campbell's around Tayside in those days, and they were greatly outnumbered by other clans in the area. So, perhaps wisely, Sir Colin chose an island on Loch Tay for the first Campbell stronghold in this district. "Eilean nam Ban Naomh" (the island of holy women) had earlier been the location for a nunnery, and Queen of Sibylla of Scotland was buried there when she died in 1122. AD
       Colin 'MacCallum More' chieftain was slain in a contest with his powerful neighbour, the Lord of Lome, at a place called the 'String of Cowal,' This event occasioned feuds for a series of years between the neighbouring Lairds of Lochow and Lorne, which were terminated at last by the marriage of Colin, second Lord Campbell of Lochow, and first Earl of Argyll, Lord High Chancellor of Scotland at the close of the fifteenth century, with Isabella Stuart, the eldest daughter and heiress of John, Laird of Lorne. In consequence of this union Colin Campbell added to the arms of his ancestors the 'galley,' which still figures in the Campbell shield, and he assumed the additional title of 'Lord of Lorne.'
       IIn the early 1400's a son was born to Sir Duncan Campbell and his wife Margaret, a granddaughter of King Robert III. His name was Colin, and was known to the Campbells of Glen Orchy as Cailean dubh na Roimhe - Black Colin of Rome. Black Colin was responsible for much of the building of Kilchurn Castle, which sits beneath Cruachan Ben at the northern end of Loch Awe.
       The reference to Rome in his title signifies that he visited there three times. An account from the Black Book of Taymouth refers to a stone that he carried on his journeys: ÙtAne stone of the quantity of a hen's eg set in silver, whilk Sir Coline Campbell first Laird of Glenorchy woir when he fought in battel at Rhodes agaynst the Turks, he being one of the knychts of Rhodes.'
       The Scots were fierce Crusaders, and it was not unusual for them to carry charms with them on their journeys to the Holy Land. The stone mentioned above was the one that Black Colin took with him on his journey as a Crusader, which brings us to the story at hand.
       Colin learned of the Crusades and vowed to go. His young wife, Margaret, was not keen to see him leave but Colin was adamant. Before he left, he had a ring made, inscribed with both their names. He broke the ring in two and gave Margaret one half, saying, ÙtIf you come to receive my half of the ring you will know me to be dead.' He then took ship at Leith for Rome where, after an audience with the Pope, he left to join the knights fighting at Rhodes.'
       Seven years passed. Lady Margaret was besieged by suitors during that time, who insisted that Colin must be dead. She replied that she had never received the token that Colin had promised to have sent upon his death, and that he must, therefore, still be alive.
       Unknown to Lady Margaret, one of her suitors, Baron Neil MacCorquodale, had intercepted messages that Coling had sent, killing the messengers. He remained steadfast in his pursuit of her, despite her refusal to marry him, as the lands of Glen Orchy would add nicely to his Barony.
       Despite her refusal to describe the token, MacCorquodale came up with a plan. He arrived to visit her with a raggedly dressed man who said that he bore a letter with news for the Lady of Glen Orchy. When she opened it she found that it described the death of her husband.
       ÙtIs there no token?,' she asked.
       ÙtThere is no token,' said the man. ÙtBut I received word in Rome from the only survivor of the Campbells who accompanied your husband. He told me that, as he lay dying, your lord entrusted a token to this man. However, the man was sorely wounded in a battle with the Saracens after that, and the token was taken from him.'
       Lady Margaret was overwhelmed by grief. But, as time went by, MacCorquodale remained attentive, and continued to press for her hand. Finally, she agreed to marry him as soon as the tower of Kilchurn Castle was completed.
       Despite her agreement, she still retained hope that Colin would return. She ordered the workmen to build as slowly as possible.
       Another woman also had doubts about Colin's death; it was his old foster-mother. She disliked and mistrusted MacCorquodale, and hated the idea of him taking her lord's place. She called her eldest son to her and told him to go to Rome, and find out what he could about Colin.
       Colin's foster-brother made his way to Rome, where he came face to face with Colin. He told him what was occuring at home, and they immediately took ship for Scotland.
       When they landed Colin sent his foster-brother home alone, told him to tell his mother that he had been unsuccessful, and said that he, Colin, would follow in disguise. Dressed as a beggar, Colin followed him to the home of his elderly foster-mother. Unrecognized by her, Colin asked for hospitality of the house, which was readily granted. Colin then revealed himself to his foster- mother, and asked for news of the wedding. She told him that it was planned for the following day.
       The next day dawned and found Colin making his way to the castle in his beggar's disguise. He arrived to find that the wedding feast was under way, and entered the hall, seating himself at the lowest table. When wine was brought to the table he announced in a loud voice that he would only accept a drink from the Lady of Glen Orchy, herself.
       While some found this declaration by a beggar offensive, the lady made her way to the apparent beggar and offered him a cup. Colin, took the cup from her hand, drained it in one gulp and handed it back to her. Margaret looked down into the cup, where she saw his half of the token ring. Startled, she looked at the beggar, who raised his eyes to meet hers, and Margaret saw her husband who had left so many years before.
       Their reunion was a time of great joy for the two of them, as it was for Colin's clansmen. Obviously, the wedding was called off, the wedding feast turned into a celebration of Colin's return and the news was spread throughout Glen Orchy.
       MacCorquodale was terrified at Colin's return but, as he had already accepted the hospitality of the house, he was allowed to return to his own lands unharmed. That did not, however, stop Colin's clansmen from later hunting MacCorquodale down and killing him for his duplicity.



[S6] Stirnet Genealogy, Peter Barns-Graham, Napier1 (Reliability: 3)
[S6] Stirnet Genealogy, Peter Barns-Graham, MacGregor01 (Reliability: 3)
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[S6] Stirnet Genealogy, Peter Barns-Graham, Campbell03: The Scots Peerage (Breadalbane), Burkes Peera g e 1934 (Breadalbane) (Reliability: 3)
[S96] Roro - John Ward, John Ward, (, p1 (Reliability: 3)

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Colin Campbell, 1st Lord of Glenorchy's Timeline

Lochow, Argyll, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Ardkenglass, Argyllshire, Scotland
Kilchurn Castle, Glenorchy, Argyllshire, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Glenorchy, Argyll, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Foulis, Perth, Scotland
Probably Glen Orchy, Argyll, Scotland