Colin Campbell, 7th Earl Cawdor

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Colin Robert Vaughan Campbell, 7th Earl Cawdor, DL (born 30 June 1962),[1] is a Scottish peer and architect. He is also known for having legal issues with his stepmother Countess Cawdor. He is the elder son and third child[2] of Hugh John Vaughan Campbell, 6th Earl Cawdor, and his first wife Cathryn Hinde. He married Lady Isabella Rachel Stanhope (born 1 October 1966), youngest daughter of William Stanhope, 11th Earl of Harrington, and (his only daughter by) his third wife Priscilla Margaret Cubitt, herself granddaughter of the 2nd Baron Ashcombe, on 21 October 1994.

Lady Cawdor is a former Vogue fashion editor and stylist who has now turned to interior decorating.[3] Lord and Lady Cawdor have four children:

  • Lady Jean Campbell (b ca. 1997)[4]
  • James Chester Campbell, Viscount Emlyn (b. 8 July 1998)[5]
  • Lady Eleanor Campbell (b. 2000)[6]
  • Lady Beatrice Campbell (b. 2004)[7]

In 2007, Vogue considered the Earl and Countess Cawdor to be among the best-dressed couples.[8]

On 23 June 2013 The New York Times quoted one of Campbell's elder sisters, Liza Campbell, in an article that described the laws of male primogeniture and male-preference primogeniture as a legacy instance of sexism, "The posh aspect of it blinds people to what is essentially sexism in a privileged minority, where girls are born less than boys."[9]

Lord Cawdor is a Deputy Lieutenant (DL) for Nairnshire and the current Vice-Lord Lieutenant.


  1. ^ Liza Campbell. " I'm not just a chromosomal faux pas" in The Daily Telegraph published 19 January 2004. Retrieved 13 August 2007. According to his sister Liza, he was born in a Carmarthen hospital.
  2. ^ Ibid. Also see Lundy, Darryl. "The Peerage: Colin Robert Vaughan Campbell of Cawdor, 7th Earl Cawdor of Castlemartin". The Peerage.[unreliable source].
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-07-04. Retrieved 2007-08-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Rhiannon Batten. "From city lights to country life" Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine article, published 31 January 2004 in The Independent. Retrieved 13 August 2007. The article says "But after having three children in quick succession – Jean, now six, James, five, and Eleanor, almost four ...", but it is known that Viscount Emlyn was born in July 1998. Also see Nicola Jeal, "The woman who put the Highlands in Vogue" article in The Observer, Sunday 13 April 2003. Retrieved 13 August 2007.
  5. ^ Darryl Landy. Lundy, Darryl. "The Peerage: Colin Robert Vaughan Campbell of Cawdor, 7th Earl Cawdor of Castlemartin". The Peerage.[unreliable source], last edited 2 December 2006. Accessed 13 August 2007.
  6. ^ Ibid.
  7. ^ Janet Christie, "Shooting from the hip" in The Scotsman, published Saturday 8 January 2005. Retrieved 13 August 2007. "Originally a hunting bothy, Drynachan Lodge was built in the 1820s by the then Lord Cawdor and has been extended several times by succeeding generations. Located beside the River Findhorn, it now has eight double bedrooms, six singles, two sitting rooms, a dining room, plus the bathrooms, all of which are enjoyed by Lord and Lady Cawdor, 42 and 38, and their four children, Jean, seven, James, six, Eleanor, four, and Beatrice, four months, plus friends and various paying guests."
  8. ^ They appeared on the 68th list. See [1] Archived 2007-08-22 at the Wayback Machine and [2] Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Sarah Lyall (2013-06-22). "Son and Heir? In Britain, Daughters Cry No Fair". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-06-23. Also known as the Earl of Cawdor, the current thane, Colin, is the middle child among five children. But he is the oldest boy, and was always considered the most important, for title-continuity purposes. “I love my brother, but it’s a peculiar situation,” said Ms. Campbell, 53, an artist and writer who grew up on the family’s Scottish estate — 50,000 acres, plus castle — but now lives in London. “There’s one chosen one in the family, and everyone else is superfluous to requirements.”

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Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Hugh John Campbell
Earl Cawdor
Succeeded by
Current incumbent