Archibald Campbell, 2nd Earl of Argyll was born 1466 to Colin Campbell, 1st Earl of Argyll (c1433-1493) and Isabel Stewart (1437-1510) and died 7 September 1513 Battle of Flodden of battle wounds. He married Elizabeth Stewart (c1464-) 1578 JL in Scotland, United Kingdom. Robert I of Scotland (1274-1329)/s.

Archibald Campbell, 2nd Earl of Argyll (died 9 September 1513) was a Scottish nobleman and politician who was killed at the Battle of Flodden.


Archibald was the eldest son of Colin Campbell, 1st Earl of Argyll and Isabel Stewart, daughter of John Stewart, 2nd Lord Lorn.[1]

He was made Master of the Royal Household of James IV of Scotland on 24 March 1495.[2] After a crisis of law and order in the west of Scotland, Archibald was made governor of Tarbert Castle and Baillie of Knapdale, and this was followed by an appointment as Royal Lieutenant in the former Lordship of the Isles on 22 April 1500.[3] Archibald eventually rose to the position of Lord High Chancellor of Scotland. His "clan" was rivalled only by Clan Gordon.

The Earls of Argyll were hereditary Sheriffs of Lorne and Argyll. However, a draft record of the 1504 Parliament of Scotland records a move to request Archibald to hold his Sherriff Court at Perth, where the King and his council could more easily oversee proceedings, if the Earl was found at fault. The historian Norman Macdougall suggests this clause may have been provoked by Archibald's kinship with Torquil MacLeod and MacLean of Duart.[4] These western chiefs supported the suppressed Lordship of the Isles.

Archibald was killed at the Battle of Flodden on 9 September 1513, with the king and many others.



Offspring of Archibald Campbell, 2nd Earl of Argyll and Elizabeth Stewart (c1464-)  ¢
Name Birth Death Joined with
Janet Campbell (1468-c1546) 1468 Scotland, United Kingdom 1546 Scotland, United Kingdom John Stewart, 2nd Earl of Atholl (aft1475-1521)
Dugal Campbell (c1475-1565)
Archibald Campbell, 1st of Skipness (1478-1537)
Margaret Campbell (c1485-1555)
Colin Campbell, 3rd Earl of Argyll (c1486-1529) 1486 9 October 1529 Jean Gordon (aft1473-)
Isabel Campbell (1489-1529)
John Campbell, 1st of Cawdor (c1490-1546) 1490 Scotland, United Kingdom 1 May 1546 Muriel Calder (-c1575)
Donald Campbell (1492-1562)
Catherine Campbell (c1500-)
Ellen Campbell (1503-)
Dugal Campbell (c1512-1588)

By his wife Elizabeth, a daughter of John Stewart, 1st Earl of Lennox, Argyll had issue:[5]

  • Colin Campbell [1]
  • Archibald Campbell of Skipness (d 1537 escaping from Edinburgh Castle), second husband of Janet Douglas, Lady Glamis
  • Sir John Campbell of Calder (d.1546) ancestor of the Earls Cawdor
  • Donald Campbell the Abbot of Coupar Angus
  • Margaret Campbell, who married John Erskine, 5th Lord Erskine
  • Isabel Campbell, married Gilbert Kennedy, 2nd Earl of Cassilis
  • Janet Campbell, married John Stewart, 2nd Earl of Atholl
  • Jean Campbell, married Sir John Lamont of that ilk
  • Catherine Campbell, married MacLean of Duart, secondly to Archibald Campbell of Auchinbreck
  • Marion Campbell, married Sir Robert Menzies of that ilk
  • Elen Campbell, married Sir Gavin Kennedy of Blairquhan
  • Mary Campbell

(and see notes below)

Footnotes (including sources)

‡ General
₪ Wedding
  • Date from Geni?? Detailed profile is locked and not viewable.
¢ Children
  • Janet's birth is from Geni - "1468" "Balveny, Fifeshire, , Scotland " - but doesn't fit her mother's age then. She became Countess of Atholl (and 12th great grandmother to Robin Forlonge Patterson by way of Stewarts, a Maxwell, and two Polloks).
  • First Dugal (not listed on thePeerage) married Mary Campbell and Margaret Campbell but may have d.s.p.
  • Isabel married Gilbert Kennedy, 2nd Earl of Cassillis
  • Donald became Abbot of Coupar Angus; Geni says born c1487.
  • Jean, with no known birth or death year, married Sir John Lamont (one of his three wives) and they had a son Walter
  • "Catherine or Elizabeth Campbell, Lady"; "Birth: circa 1500" - had two husbands but no known children.
  • Mary, with no useful date estimates, and not mentioned on thePeerage nor above, had no known spouse or children
  • Ellen (not mentioned on thePeerage) married Gavin Kennedy of Blairquhan
  • Second Dugal (c1512-1588) was "Husband of Finlay Campbell", "Father of Duncan Campbell"
  • Marion, with no useful date estimates (not mentioned on thePeerage), married Robert Menzies.

Robin Patterson


  1. ^ a b Year book of the American Clan Gregor Society. 1978. "Archibald Campbell, 2nd Earl of Argyll. He was the son of Colin Campbell, second Lord Campbell and 1st Earl of Argyll, ... In addition to five daughters, the 2nd Earl of Argyll had four sons: 1. Colin Campbell — who became 3rd Earl of ..." 
  2. ^ Macdougall, Norman, James IV, Tuckwell (1997), 107, citing Register of the Great Seal, vol. 2, no. 2240.
  3. ^ Macdougall, Norman, James IV, Tuckwell (1997), 178, citing Register of the Privy Seal, vol. 1, nos. 413, 513, 520.
  4. ^ MacDougall, Norman, James IV, Tuckwell (1997), 184-5, citing Acts of the Parliaments of Scotland, vol. 2, (1814), 241.
  5. ^ James Balfour Paul, Scots Peerage, vol i, pp 335-337
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Colin Campbell
Earl of Argyll
Succeeded by
Colin Campbell
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