John Campbell, 4th Duke of Argyll

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The 4th Duke of Argyll.

General John Campbell, 4th Duke of Argyll KT PC (c. 1693 – 9 November 1770), was a British Army officer and Scottish Whig politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1713 and 1761.

Biography

The Duke was the son of Hon. John Campbell of Mamore, the second son of Archibald Campbell, 9th Earl of Argyll, and Elizabeth Elphinstone, daughter of John, 8th Lord Elphinstone.

Marriage & Children

Coombe Bank House, now a school

In 1720 Campbell married Mary Drummond Ker, daughter of John Drummond Ker, 2nd Lord Bellenden of Broughton. They had the following children:[1]

He acquired Coombe Bank, near Sevenoaks Kent, where he commissioned Roger Morris to build a country house for him in the second quarter of the 18th century. The house subsequently passed on his death in 1770 to his second son Frederick.

Military & Parliamentary Careers

Campbell joined the army at a young age, becoming a Lieutenant Colonel at the age of nineteen. However, he soon entered the world of politics, becoming Member of Parliament (MP) for Buteshire (1713–1715), Elgin Burghs (1715–1722 and 1725–1727), and finally Dunbartonshire (1727–1761). During most of his tenure as MP for Dunbartonshire, he was Groom of the Bedchamber.

Additionally, he served in the military during his tenure in Parliament—he became Colonel of the 39th Regiment of Foot (1737–1738) and the 21st Regiment of Foot (1738–1752), serving with honour in the Battle of Dettingen in 1741.

He rose quickly up the ranks, becoming a brigadier general in 1743, major general in 1744, and lieutenant general in 1747; he became colonel of the North British Dragoons in 1752, a position he held until his death.

Dukedom

Upon inheriting the dukedom and other titles upon the death of his cousin Archibald Campbell, 3rd Duke of Argyll, he left the House of Commons and became Governor of Limerick and a Scottish representative peer. He became a Privy Councillor in 1762, a general in 1765, and a Knight of the Order of the Thistle in that same year.

Death

The Duke died on 9 November 1770 and is buried at Kilmun Parish Church. He was succeeded in the dukedom and other titles by his elder son John. His younger son Lord William Campbell was the last British Governor of South Carolina.

Ancestry

External links

  • Pedigree at Genealogics
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
John Montgomerie
(to 1710)
Member of Parliament for Buteshire
17131715
Succeeded by
Patrick Campbell
(from 1722)
Preceded by
James Murray
Member of Parliament for Elgin Burghs
17151722
Succeeded by
William Fraser
Preceded by
William Fraser
Member of Parliament for Elgin Burghs
1725–1727
Succeeded by
William Steuart
Preceded by
John Campbell
Member of Parliament for Dunbartonshire
1727–1761
Succeeded by
Sir Archibald Edmonstone
Military offices
Preceded by
Thomas Wentworth
Colonel of John Campbell's Regiment of Foot
1737–1738
Succeeded by
Richard Onslow
Preceded by
Sir James Wood
Colonel of the Royal North British Fusiliers
1738–1752
Succeeded by
The Earl Panmure
Preceded by
The Earl of Rothes
Colonel of the 2nd (Royal North British) Regiment of Dragoons
1752–1770
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Archibald Campbell
Duke of Argyll
1761–1770
Succeeded by
John Campbell

References

  1. ^ The Peerage, entry for 4th Duke of Argyll
  2. ^ Athol Murray, ‘Campbell, Lord Frederick (1729–1816)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 accessed 14 Oct 2017

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