Campbell Family History & Genealogy
Campbell Last Name History & Origin
Nationality & Ethnicity
These are the earliest records we have of the Campbell family.
- Unknown Campbell Macdonald born 1255
- Helena Campbell of Mor Lennox, of Lennox born 1285
- Alicia of Campbell, of Lochow born 1314
- Neil Campbell born 1316
- Duncan Lord Campbell, 1st Lord Campbell born 1390
- Colin Campbell 1st Earl of Agryll born 1433
- Colin Campbell 1st Lord born 1433
- Margaret Douglas Campbell born 1456
- Marion Helen Campbell Stewart born 1460
- Marjory (Marjory?) (Of Atholl) Stuart Campbell born 1486
Campbell Biographies & Family Trees
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Most Common First Names
- John 4.0%
- James 3.4%
- William 3.4%
- Robert 2.3%
- Mary 2.3%
- Charles 1.5%
- George 1.3%
- Thomas 1.3%
- Margaret 1.0%
- Donald 0.9%
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Campbell Death Records & Life Expectancy
According to our database of 152,932 people with the last name Campbell that have a birth and death date listed:
These are the longest-lived members of the Campbell family on AncientFaces.
- Thomas Campbell lived 114 years
- Harley A Campbell lived 112 years
- Rosie Campbell lived 111 years
- Ida A Campbell lived 109 years
- Clem Campbell lived 108 years
- Olga L Campbell lived 107 years
- Dora Campbell lived 107 years
- Bessie v Campbell lived 107 years
- Paul Campbell lived 108 years
- Ardelia Campbell lived 106 years
The first Campbells in Argyll were (it is thought) the family of Duncan MacDuibhne, who lived in the reign of Alexander II (1214-49). He himself was a chief in Loch Awe who rejoiced in the nickname of 'Cambeul' (Crooked Mouth). His son, Sir Colin Campbell of Loch Awe, was knighted in about 1280. In 1292 he was one of the 12 lords of the Argyll region whose territories were linked to create a new Sheriffdom of Argyll. By the time he was killed soon afterwards in a feud, he had already come to be known as Cailean Mor, (Colin the Great), and the chiefs of Clan Campbell ever since have had among their titles the Gaelic honorific
'MacCailean Mor' - "Son of Colin the Great". This Colin the Great was the founder of the Campbells of Argyll, with his principal seat, Innischonaill Castle, on an island in Loch Awe.
Colin Campbell, the 3rd Earl, became Warden of the Marches between Scotland and England, and in 1528 was made Lord Justice General of Scotland (though he himself did not live more than a few months to enjoy it).
His son Archibald, the 4th Earl of Argyll, was Justiciary of Scotland and one of the very first magnates of Scotland to adopt and promote the Protestant Reformation. When he died in 1558, the 5th Earl took the side of Mary, Queen of Scots in her struggle with the Scottish Parliament and the Regent, the Earl of Moray. When Moray was murdered in 1570, Argyll became one of the Lieutenants of Scotland governing the country during the minority of Mary's son, James VI; but he was not made Regent when Moray's successor Lennox died in 1571. When he died without issue in 1575 the Earldom passed to his brother Colin as 6th Earl; he became Lord Chancellor in 1579.
By the time of Archibald Campbell, 7th Earl (1584-1638), the Campbells were Scotland's paramount clan: almost a kingdom within a kingdom. Their chiefs bid for the highest offices in the land as a matter of right, while no effort was spared to extend the Campbell domination by force or by law. No clan was ever more successful at buying up the debts of weaker neighbors. 'The Campbells', writes
John Buchan in "Montrose", had a knack of winning by bow and spear, then holding for all time and seal and parchment.
Thanks to the sea trade brought in by its long coast, Clan Campbell was also the richest in Scotland bar none. With Campbell raiding parties cowing the clan's weaker neighbors as far east as Badenoch, Lochaber and the Braes of Angus, the Campbells were also the most hated.
Archibald Campbell, 8th Earl of Argyll from 1638 to 61, was a leader of the Covenanters in their resistance to Charles I. He was compelled by the King to bow to the demands of Covenant and Parliament in 1641, yet in true Campbell style accepted the new title of 1st Marquis bestowed during the King's visit to Scotland in 1641, with which the King vainly hoped to make the rebellious nobility of Scotland his loyal supporters.
Though no soldier himself, Argyll threw the immense resources of Clan Campbell into the Covenanting cause during the Great Civil War - only to see that power broken, and the Campbell lands plundered by exulting enemy clansmen only too eager to get some of their own back, during Montrose's amazing winter campaign of 1644 - 1645. After Montrose's defeat at Philiphaugh, Argyll shared the widespread contempt earned by the Covenanters for betraying and handing over Charles I to the tender mercies of the English Parliamentarians. He sought to dominate the young King Charles II when the latter attempted a Royalist comeback in 1650, placing the Crown of Scotland on the King's head during the coronation at Scone, then made a pact with Cromwell after the latter's defeat of the Scots at Dunbar and Worcester. For this he was not forgiven at the Restoration in 1660, and was executed at Edinburgh in 1661.
Though the Marquessate of Argyll was forfeited on the conviction and execution of the 8th Earl, the other Campbell honors were restored to his son, the 9th Earl. He was the last Argyll to oppose the Crown, in 1685, supporting the Protestant Duke of Monmouth in his bid to oust the Catholic James II, Charles II's brother and successor. Argyll was captured and executed and his seat at Inverary (though subsequently rebuilt) was razed to the ground.
It was under the 10th Earl, who backed William of Orange in 1688-89, that the Campbells earned lasting infamy (albeit undeserved) for their role in the notorious Massacre of Glencoe (13 February 1692). Ordered as it was by King William, the massacre encouraged much Highland support for the cause of the exiled Stewart King James in what now became known as the Jacobite cause. But the Campbells continued to prosper as Government adherents.
The 10th Earl received a Dukedom in 1701; two subsequent Dukes of Argyll became Field Marshalls in the British Army; the 9th Duke married Princess Louise, daughter of Queen Victoria and became Governor-General of Canada.
Of the several branches of Clan Campbell, two of the most important were those of Breadalbane and Cawdor. The Breadalbane Campbells stem from Colin of Glenorchy, son of Duncan Campbell of Loch Awe, the 1st Lord, who obtained Glenorchy when the MacGregors were driven off it. One of their earliest seats was Kilchurn Castle on Loch Awe. This branch became Earls of Breadalbane in 1677.
The Cawdor Campbells stem from an act of dynastic piracy on the part of the 2nd Earl of Argyll. In 1499 he kidnapped the infant daughter of the Thane of Cawdor a few weeks after the latter's death, and ten years or so later married her to his third son, Sir John Campbell. This made the Campbells Lords of Cawdor, and in 1827, the 10th Lord of Cawdor became the 1st Earl of Cawdor. Both earldoms, Breadalbane and Cawdor still exist.
1 - Ira was born 28 Mar 1829 Minisink, NY; married about 1856 to Sarah; died 27 Jul 1912 Greenville, MI
2 - William Lewis was born Sep 1833 Minisink, NY; served in Civil War in Co. F, 21st Michigan Infantry, Post 83 GAR 1862-5; married 03 Apr 1868 Oakfield, MI to Emily Smith (her 1st husband Alfred M. Moore married 28 Jan 1863, AMM served in Civil War and died 29 Apr 1864 TN, AMM first cousin to WLC - AMM's father and WLC's mother were siblings); died/murdered 09 Aug 1900 Greenville, MI; buried Forest Home Cemetery. They had 1 child Guy Ennis born 10 Jul 1875 Oakfield, MI; married 29 Dec 1897 Greenville, MI to Mary Faustina Roosa; died 28 Jun 1924 Greenville, MI; buried Forest Home Cemetery. They had 2 children: Gladys Lucille and Lewis Alfred (author's maternal grandfather).
3 - Maryette born about 1842 Minisink, NY; married George Zeigenfuss.
Would appreciate information leading to the ancestors including the immigrant Campbell ancestor for this family.
were Lettie Bell Miller birth:Oct.1898-1981,Martha Miller birth:1903-1941,Floyd Miller,Joe Miller,Sira Miller death:abt.1900.
Rebecca died when Lettie Bell Miller was young.
Wilson Miller later married a Monell Clower in 1935,Letcher,Co.Ky.We have been trying to find out who Rebecca Campbell's parents are.There are alot of Rebecca Campbell's from that area.If ant one has any information We would really appreciate.You can also e-mail me at
My grand dad had brothers named...William,James,Ernest Lee And a sister Mary.
Grand dad was a very sweet man,& was another story teller.I was only 5 when he died, but I can still remember him.I will always remember, he carried flask of whiskey in his pocket.He would take a little nip, as he call it
And its true, they loved there whisky.I never under stood why, untill I started getting Scotland magazine and found out there is a distillary on every corner.
I dont like whiskey, but I am proud to be a Scot!