Highland Chronicle

Ardkinglass Campbells, Livingstons, Erskines, and Callanders

by Robert Lindsay



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/20/2018

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.5x11
Page Count : 52
ISBN : 9781984502070
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 8.5x11
Page Count : 52
ISBN : 9781984502087
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 52
ISBN : 9781984502094

About the Book

Robert Lindsay was rummaging in a house he inherited from his mother when he found a treasure trove of letters, photos, and personal effects that revealed some of the turbulent history of the Campbells of Ardkinglass. From 1396 on, they played a large role in the politics and social life of Scotland, and their dynastic ambitions expanded with their intermarriage with the Livingstons, Erskines, and Callanders. The Campbell lairds moved their chief residence from the shores of Loch Goil to Ardkinglass on Loch Fyne in the Western Highlands. The fourth laird was slain at Flodden Field with James IV, the sixth laird was appointed by James V to the Privy Council. The seventh and ninth lairds were indicted for murder but escaped death sentences. The fifteenth laird was a mercenary and fought under Frederick the Great. The short-lived sixteenth laird was the grandparent of Niall, the tenth Duke of Argyll. Neither Niall nor his gifted sister, Lady Elspeth Campbell, married. Elspeth was a fluent Gaelic speaker, played the bagpipes, and was the godmother of the author’s mother. Explore the cultural and historical traditions of Scottish highlanders with this history of a colorful family that played a vital role in artistic, social, and political life.

About the Author

Robert Lindsay spent his childhood on the shores of Loch Fyne, in the heart of the Campbell country in the Scottish Highlands. His mother inherited lands from a Campbell godmother that belonged to the Ardkinglass Campbells for over 760 years. Lindsay is a lawyer who has written for the Spectator and Legal journals. He has practiced law as a barrister in London, Belize, Fiji, and Adelaide and Perth in Australia. He returns each year to the Scottish Highlands.