Sir Colin Campbell, 2nd Baronet

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Sir Colin Campbell, 2nd Baronet (c.1577–1640) was a Scottish nobleman, 8th Laird of Glenorchy, known as a patron of the arts.

He was the son of Sir Duncan Campbell, 1st Baronet and Lady Jane Stewart, a daughter of John Stewart, 4th Earl of Atholl.[1][2] Sir Duncan was the 7th Laird of the Glenorchy branch of Clan Campbell, and his shrewd, ruthless dealings as "Black Duncan" had capped a spectacular rise in the family fortunes to national prominence in Scotland, with a Nova Scotia baronetcy.[3][4] Sir Colin was a man of general culture, and devoted much effort to the family seat Balloch Castle. He employed both a German artist and George Jamesone to paint a series of portraits for it;[5] the German artist having painted male ancestors, Jamesone produced a series of Ladies of Glenorchy, eight portraits of wives of lairds.[6] He also improved Barcaldine Castle.[7]

He married Juliana Campbell, daughter of Sir Hugh Campbell, 1st Lord Campbell of Loudoun and Margaret Gordon.[8] Childless, they fostered Archibald Campbell (later 9th Earl of Argyll).[5][9] This fostering repeated in the next generation that of Archibald's father Archibald Campbell, 1st Marquess of Argyll, who became Clan Campbell's head, and had been happily fostered (a custom of the period, but also with political ramifications within the clan) by Sir Duncan.[3]

His titles passed on his death to his brother Robert.[4]


  1. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "p. 2501 § 25001". The Peerage. [unreliable source]
  2. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "p. 10922 § 109216". The Peerage. [unreliable source]
  3. ^ a b Dawson, Jane E. A. "Campbell family of Glenorchy (per. 1432–1631), nobility". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/70942.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  4. ^ a b Electric Scotland
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  6. ^ Oxford Grove Art
  7. ^ Scottish Gazette
  8. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "p. 15040 § 150395". The Peerage. [unreliable source]
  9. ^ Stevenson, David. "Campbell, Archibald". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/4473.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)

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