John Campbell, 3rd Earl of Breadalbane and Holland

John Campbell, 3rd Earl of Breadalbane and Holland KB (10 March 1696 – 26 January 1782), styled Lord Glenorchy from 1716 until 1752, was a Scottish nobleman, diplomat and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1727 to 1746.

Background and education

Campbell was the son of John Campbell, 2nd Earl of Breadalbane and Holland and Henrietta Villiers daughter of Sir Edward Villiers, knight marshal.[1] He matriculated at Christ Church, Oxford in 1711.[2]

Political career

Campbell was Envoy to Denmark from 1718,[3] and ambassador to the Russian Empire in 1731. He was a Lord of the Admiralty in 1741 until the dissolution of Sir Robert Walpole's government the following year.

He was returned as Member of Parliament for Saltash in 1727 and 1734. He was returned as MP for Orford in 1741. He was appointed Master of the Jewel Office in 1745 and resigned his seat in the House of Commons. He succeeded his father as Earl of Breadalbane and Holland on 23 February 1752 and became a Scottish representative peer. He was awarded a DCL from Oxford University in 1756, and served as Justice in Eyre south of the Trent from 1756 to 1765 and Vice-Admiral of Scotland from 1776.


Lord Breadalbane and Holland was married on 20 February 1717 to Lady Amabel de Grey, a daughter of Henry Grey, 1st Duke of Kent and his wife, the former Jemima Crew. Lady Amabel died on 2 March 1726 leaving 2 children:

The Earl married a second time to Arbella Pershall on 23 January 1730. They also had 2 children:

  • George Campbell, Lord Glenorchy (d. 24 March 1744).
  • John Campbell, Lord Glenorchy (20 September 1738 – 14 November 1771) (who married Willielma Maxwell).


  1. "CAMPBELL, John, Lord Glenorchy (1696-1782)". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  2. Foster, Joseph. "Cabell-Chafe in Alumni Oxonienses 1500-1714 pp. 228-254". British History Online. Retrieved 29 April 2019.
  3. D. B. Horn, British Diplomatic Representatives 1689-1789 (Camden 3rd Ser. 46, 1932)
  • T. F. Henderson, rev. Janet Sorensen, ‘Campbell, John, third earl of Breadalbane and Holland (bap. 1696, d. 1782)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 ;online edn, Jan 2008 . Retrieved 18 January 2011.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Philip Lloyd
Edward Hughes
MP for Saltash
With: Philip Lloyd 1727–1734
Thomas Corbett 1734–1741
Succeeded by
Thomas Corbett
John Clevland
Preceded by
Lewis Barlow
John Cope
MP for Orford
With: Henry Bilson-Legge
Succeeded by
Henry Bilson-Legge
Hon. John Bateman
Political offices
Preceded by
Lord Frederick Campbell
Keeper of the Privy Seal of Scotland
Succeeded by
James Stuart-Mackenzie
Preceded by
Hon. Henry Clinton
Master of the Jewel Office
Succeeded by
Sir Robert Lyttleton
Military offices
Preceded by
The Duke of Queensberry
Vice-Admiral of Scotland
Succeeded by
Lord William Gordon
Legal offices
Preceded by
The Lord Sandys
Justice in Eyre
south of Trent

Succeeded by
The Lord Monson
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
John Campbell
Earl of Breadalbane and Holland
Succeeded by
John Campbell
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