Sir James Campbell, 2nd Baronet, of Ardkinglass

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Sir James Campbell, 2nd Baronet of Ardkinglass, (c.1666 – 5 July 1752) was a British Army officer and Scottish politician who sat in the Parliament of Scotland from 1703 to 1707 and in the British House of Commons from 1707 to 1741.

Early life[edit]

Dunderave Castle, Loch Fyne, Argyll

Campbell was the son of Sir Colin Campbell, 1st Baronet, of Ardkinglass and his wife Helen Maxwell, daughter of Patrick Maxwell, of Newark, Renfrew who was MP in the Parliament of Scotland.[1] The family seat was Ardkinglas Castle, which stood on the shore of Loch Fyne, Argyllshire, Scotland. The castle was built in the form of a quadrangle around an inner courtyard measuring 98 ft in each direction. There were large turrets on three of the corners and to the front was a large gate tower with two flanking defensive turrets. It was surrounded by beautiful gardens and parkland and the vast Ardkinglas estate. [2]

By 1697, Campbell had married Margaret Campbell, daughter of Adam Campbell of Gargunnock, Stirling and, around 1700, acquired Dunderave Castle and estate. His wife who inherited the Gargunnock estate in 1704.[1]

Political and military careers[edit]

Campbell was a commissioner justiciary for the Highlands in 1701 and 1702. In the Scottish election of 1702 he succeeded his father in the Parliament of Scotland as Commissioner for Argyllshire. In 1704 he became a burgess of Edinburgh and also joined the British Army as a lieutenant in the Life Guards. After the Act of Union he was chosen as one of the 60 Scottish representatives to serve for Scotland in the 1707 Parliament. At the 1708 general election he was returned unopposed as Member of Parliament for Argyllshire. Meanwhile in 1708 he was promoted to captain in March and guidon and major in June. In 1709 he succeeded to the estates and baronetcy on the death of his father. He was returned for Argyllshire again in the 1710 general election, and became major in 1710 and lieutenant-colonel from 1711. He was returned again for Argyllshire in 1713.[1]

In 1715, Campbell left the army on being appointed the first deputy Governor of Stirling Castle and held the post until March 1717. He was returned for Argyllshire in the 1715, 1722 and 1727 general elections. He made a second marriage on 21 November 1732 to Anne Callander, the daughter of John Callander, Laird of Craigforth, and widow of Colonel John Blackadder who had succeeded him as Deputy Governor of Stirling Castle.. At the 1734 general election he was returned as MP for Stirlingshire. Also in 1734 he was appointed Muster Master of Scotland. He did not stand at the 1741 general election and resigned or was dismissed from his post as Muster Master probably in 1742. [3]

Death and legacy[edit]

Campbell died on 5 July 1752, aged 86. He and his first wife Margaret had a son and eight daughters, but their only son drowned and the baronetcy became extinct. Their eldest daughter, Helen Campbell, married Sir James Livingston, 2nd Baronet of Glentirran and Dalderse. The Ardkinglas estate passed to their son Lt.Col. Sir James Campbell, 3rd Baronet, formerly James Livingstone. The Callander of Craigforth family later succeeded to the Ardkinglas estate.


  1. ^ a b c "CAMPBELL, James (c.1666-1752), of Ardkinglas, Argyll". History of Parliament Online (1690-1715). Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Ardkinglas Estate - Earlier Buildings". © 1998 - 2010 Ardkinglas Estate. Retrieved 19 November 2011.
  3. ^ "CAMPBELL, Sir James, 2nd Bt. (c.1665-1752), of Ardkinglas, Argyll, and Gargunnock, Stirling". History of Parliament Online (1715-1754). Retrieved 20 September 2018.

Parliament of Scotland
Preceded by
Sir John Campbell
Sir Colin Campbell
John Campbell
Shire Commissioner for Argyll
With: John Campbell
Sir James Campbell
Succeeded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Parliament of Great Britain
New parliament Member of Parliament for Scotland
Constituency split
New constituency Member of Parliament for Argyllshire
Succeeded by
Charles Campbell
Preceded by
Henry Cunningham
Member of Parliament for Stirlingshire
Succeeded by
Lord George Graham
Baronetage of Nova Scotia
Preceded by
Colin Campbell
(of Ardkinglass)