George Campbell, 6th Duke of Argyll

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The Duke of Argyll

Coat of arms of the duke of Argyll.png
Arms of the Dukes of Argyll
Lord Steward of the Household
In office
11 September 1833 – 14 November 1834
MonarchWilliam IV
Prime MinisterThe Earl Grey
The Viscount Melbourne
Preceded byThe Marquess Wellesley
Succeeded byThe Earl of Wilton
In office
23 April 1835 – 22 October 1839
MonarchWilliam IV
Victoria
Prime MinisterThe Viscount Melbourne
Preceded byThe Earl of Wilton
Succeeded byThe Earl of Erroll
Personal details
Born22 September 1768 (1768-09-22)
Died22 October 1839 (1839-10-23) (aged 71)
Inveraray Castle, Argyllshire
NationalityBritish
Spouse(s)Lady Caroline Villiers
ParentsJohn Campbell, 5th Duke of Argyll
Elizabeth Gunning

George William Campbell, 6th Duke of Argyll GCH, PC (22 September 1768 – 22 October 1839), styled Earl of Campbell from 1768 to 1770 and Marquess of Lorne from 1770 to 1806, was a Scottish Whig politician and nobleman.

Background[edit]

Argyll was the eldest son of John Campbell, 5th Duke of Argyll and his wife, Elizabeth Campbell, 1st Baroness Hamilton, daughter of Colonel John Gunning.

Career[edit]

Argyll sat as Member of Parliament for St Germans from 1790 to 1796.[1] In 1806 he succeeded his father in the dukedom and entered the House of Lords. He was Lord Keeper of the Great Seal of Scotland from 1827 to 1828 and again from 1830 and 1839. In 1833 he was sworn of the Privy Council[2] and appointed Lord Steward of the Household in the Whig administration headed by Lord Grey, a position he retained when Lord Melbourne became prime minister in July 1834. The Whigs fell from power in November 1834 but returned to office already in April 1835, when Argyll once again became Lord Steward under Melbourne. He continued in the post until his death in 1839. Argyll was also Lord-Lieutenant of Argyllshire from 1799 to 1839.

Family[edit]

Argyll married Lady Caroline Elizabeth Villiers, daughter of George Villiers, 4th Earl of Jersey, at Edinburgh, on 29 November 1810. She was the former wife of Argyll's friend Henry Paget, 1st Marquess of Anglesey.[3] They had no children. He died in October 1839, aged 71 at Inveraray Castle, Argyllshire, and was buried on 10 November 1839 at Kilmun Parish Church in Kilmun, Cowal. His brother, Lord John Campbell, succeeded to his titles.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 1)
  2. ^ "No. 19084". The London Gazette. 13 September 1833. p. 1675.
  3. ^ "CAMPBELL, George William, Mq. of Lorne (1768–1839), of Inveraray Castle, Argyll". The History of Parliament. Retrieved 13 December 2017.

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Sir Charles Hamilton
Samuel Smith
Member of Parliament for St Germans
17901796
With: Edward Eliot 1790–1791
William Eliot 1791–1796
Succeeded by
William Eliot
Lord Grey of Groby
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Duke of Argyll
Lord-Lieutenant of Argyllshire
1799–1839
Succeeded by
The Marquess of Breadalbane
Masonic offices
Preceded by
The Duke of Hamilton
Grand Master of the
Grand Lodge of Scotland

1822–1823
Succeeded by
The Viscount Glenorchy
Political offices
Preceded by
The Duke of Gordon
Lord Keeper of the Great Seal of Scotland
1827–1828
Succeeded by
The Duke of Gordon
Preceded by
The Duke of Gordon
Lord Keeper of the Great Seal of Scotland
1830–1839
Succeeded by
The Earl of Stair
Preceded by
The Marquess Wellesley
Lord Steward
1833–1834
Succeeded by
The Earl of Wilton
Preceded by
The Earl of Wilton
Lord Steward
1835–1839
Succeeded by
The Earl of Erroll
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
John Campbell
Duke of Argyll
1806–1839
Succeeded by
John Campbell