The Clan Campbell and the earls of Argyll were early modern Scotland's most successful kindred group.
They functioned as a Highland clan and a Lowland surname. The clan benefited from a close relationship with Stewart monarchs as well as significant military clout. Supporters of the Protestant Reformation, the Clan also enjoyed unparalleled unity and cohesion under their chief.
The rise of the Glenorchy Campbells
The first Campbell of Glenorchy was called Colin. His long and important career established the family's fortunes and demonstrated many of the characteristics that brought success for subsequent generations.
The Campbell-MacGregor feud
The struggle between the MacGregors of Glenstrae and the Campbells of Glenorchy was essentially a fight for control over the manpower, lands and other resources of Breadalbane and Lorn.
Clan Campbell and Highland warfare
During the unsettled times of the 'age of forays' (Linn nan Creach) following the suppression of the Lordship of the Isles in 1493, raiding and warfare were endemic within Highland society.