CAMPBELL, John (1723-1806), of Roseneath, Dunbarton.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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26 Mar. 1744 - 1761
16 Jan. 1765 - 16 Dec. 1766

Family and Education

bap. June 1723, 1st surv. s. of Gen. John Campbell, of Mamore, 4th Duke of Argyll [S]. educ. private sch. London.1 m. 3 Mar. 1759, Elizabeth, da. of John Gunning of Castle Coote, co. Roscommon, Ireland, wid. of James, 6th Duke of Hamilton [S], 3s. 2da. Styled Mq. of Lorne from 1761; cr. Baron Sundridge [GB] 20 Dec. 1766; suc. fa. as 5th Duke 9 Nov. 1770.

Offices Held

2nd lt. 21 Ft. 1739, capt. 1741; brig. maj. 1743; lt.-col. 30 Ft. 1745; lt.-col. 42 Ft. 1749; adjt.-gen. [I] 1754; col. 1755; col. 56 Ft. 1755-7, 14 Drags. 1757-65; maj.-gen. 1759; lt.gen. 1761; dep. c.-in-c. Scotland 1762-5; col. 1 Ft. 1765-82; c.-in-c. Scotland 1767-78; gen. 1778; col. 3 Ft. Gds. 1782-d.; f.m. 1796.


Campbell joined his father’s regiment, serving with him in Flanders. He owed his seat to Archibald, Duke of Argyll, who looked on him and his brother William as his children,2 and with whom he was staying when the news arrived of the Young Pretender’s landing. During the rebellion he raised 1,000 men, with whom he was present at Falkirk and Culloden.3 On active service in Scotland, he did not vote on the Hanoverians in 1746, when he was classed as Old Whig. With the rest of the Duke of Argyll’s people he voted against the heritable jurisdictions bill, 7 Apr. 1747.4 Re-elected unopposed in 1747, he retained his seat till his father’s accession to the dukedom of Argyll disqualified him from sitting for a constituency in Scotland. He died 25 May 1806.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Authors: Edith Lady Haden-Guest / Romney R. Sedgwick


  • 1. Poss. Westminister (though unlisted); c.f. W. Fraser, Chiefs of Grant, ii. 394.
  • 2. More Culloden Pprs. iii. 162.
  • 3. J. Fergusson, Argyll in the Forty-five, 16-17, 61, 170-4.
  • 4. HMC Polwarth, v. 235.