The Campbell’s originated from
Argyle (northwest of Glasgow) where their
original seat was either Innischonnel
Castle on Loch Awe or Caisteal na
Nigheann Ruaidhe on Loch Avich. They
acquired lands through time at Craignich,
Avaslotnisk, Melfort and Strachur.
The Campbell’s were dominated
for many years by the Macdougal Lords of
Lorne. One confrontation with the
Macdougal’s in 1296 ended with the
killing of the Campbell chief Sir Cailen
The Campbell backing of Robert the
Bruce in his battles to become king of
Scotland in the early 1300s gained them
wealth and land. Bruce awarded the
Campbell’s much of the land in
Argyle from those who opposed him
including the Macdougal Lords of Lorne.
Bruce also arranged the marriage of his
sister to Sir Neil Campbell.
The Campbell’s also held the
Earldom of Loudoun in Ayrshire, which
spawned a host of lairdships