Colin Campbell, 3rd Earl of Argyll

Colin Campbell, 3rd Earl of Argyll (c. 1486 9 October 1529) was a Scottish nobleman and soldier. He was also known as "Cailen Malloch".

Colin Campbell
Bornca. 1486
Glen Orchy, Argyll, Scotland.
Died9 October 1529
Lochgoilhead, Argyll, Scotland.
TitleEarl of Argyll
Tenure9 September 1513 – 9 October 1529
ResidenceCastle Campbell
Spouse(s)Lady Jean Gordon
IssueArchibald Campbell, 4th Earl of Argyll
John Campbell, 1st of Lochnell
Elizabeth Campbell, Countess of Moray
Agnes Campbell, Lady of Dunnyveg
ParentsArchibald Campbell, 2nd Earl of Argyll
Lady Elizabeth Stuart


Colin Campbell was the son of Archibald Campbell, 2nd Earl of Argyll and Lady Elizabeth Stuart, daughter of John Stewart, 1st Earl of Lennox. In 1506/07, he married Lady Jean Gordon, the eldest daughter of Alexander Gordon, 3rd Earl of Huntly by his first wife, Lady Jean Stewart. He succeeded as Earl of Argyll upon the death of his father on 9 September 1513.

Campbell led an army against the insurrection of various Highland chieftains; a few years later, he joined the court of King James V of Scotland. He was given the position of Lord Warden of the Marches, and in 1528, Lord Justice General of Scotland.[1] He died on 9 October 1529, and was buried at Kilmun Parish Church in Cowal, Scotland.

Colin Campbell was succeeded by his son, Archibald Campbell. The Campbell family resided at Castle Campbell, near Dollar, Clackmannanshire, Scotland.


Children of Colin Campbell, 3rd Earl of Argyll and Lady Jean Gordon:

Campbell's sister, Lady Catherine Campbell, survived a murder attempt by her husband, Lachlan Maclean of Duart, in 1527. Maclean rowed out to Lady's Rock in the Firth of Lorne one night at low tide and left his wife stranded.[4]


See also


  • Stephen, Leslie, ed. (1886). "Campbell, Colin (d.1530)" . Dictionary of National Biography. 8. London: Smith, Elder & Co.


Legal offices
Preceded by
Lord Justice General
Succeeded by
The Earl of Argyll
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Archibald Campbell
Earl of Argyll
Succeeded by
Archibald Campbell
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