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A History of Clan Campbell

From the Restoration to the Present day

Alastair Campbell


In the third and final volume of Alastair Campbell's acclaimed account of the Campbells the story resumes at a high pace. Successive incidents include the 9th Earl's part in the 1685 Rebellion and his eventual execution; the 10th Earl's raising to a Dukedom; the Massacre of Glencoe; the 2nd Duke's quashing of the 1715 Jacobite Rebellion at Sheriffmuir; the notable part played by the Clan in the 1745 Rebellion and in its aftermath the sorry tale of the Appin Murder.

Following the defeat of the Jacobite armies at Culloden in1746 the old Clan system effectively came to an end. Succeeding chapters describe the break-up of the old order and the diaspora across the world together with details of the chiefly family and an account of the part played by the Clan in the British Army from its founding down to the war in Iraq. It is extraordinary to see how firmly the Campbells have left their imprint, how widely and in what a variety of ways.

Appendices cover the heraldic history of Clan Campbell and the titles it has gained.

The book is illustrated with maps expertly drawn by Kenneth Campbell and twenty pages of plates, four of them in colour. It includes appendices covering the Clan's heraldic history and the titles it has gained over the centuries, and ends with a full bibliography and comprehensive index.

Alistair Campbell's trilogy ranges over the histories of the West Highlands, Scotland, and the Scots overseas, in all of which Clan Campbell played a notable and often decisive part. His writing has combined depth and readability in a well-paced narrative. In recording the history of one remarkable family of people, he has made a significant contribution to the history of Scotland as a whole.


Foreword by the Duke of Argyll
List of Colour Illustrations
List of Black and White Illustrations
Introduction to the Organisation
List of Patrons
List of Underwriters
Introduction and acknowledgements
1 The Phoenix rises
2 The Flames Once More
3 Recovery Yet Again
4 Glencoe
5 Sheriffmuir
6 Culloden and Farewell to the Old Days
7 The Lands

8 'Fierce are the Campbells . . .'

9 West over Sea
10 Far South over the Oceans
11 Notes on The Chiefs and Their Families

12 The Chiefly Line
13 Envoi
Appendix I - Armorial
Appendix II - Titles

About the Author

Alastair Campbell of Airds was, until 2001, Council Member of the National Trust for Scotland, and between 1996 and 2001 held an honorary Research Fellowship at the University of Aberdeen. He is Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Tartan to the Lord Lyon.


Alastair Campbell of Airds' third and final volume of the history of Clan Campbell is - like its predecessors - a magnificent piece of work … it is scholarly and yet also pitched at the general reader. It is detailed, but he never loses his grasp of the great sweep of national and international events. He has room for intriguing tidbits and humour.
- The Scots Magazine
Clearly organized, well written, and informative.
- Northern History
The third volume of a monumental work … a fascinating story which closes, in this third volume, in the modern world.