Argyll, Colin Campbell, Lord Lorne, 1st earl of


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(d. December 1492/January 1493).

Colin Campbell was the grandson of the 1st Lord Campbell [S] (1445). Colin's elevation to earl (1458) was followed by a steady acquisition of lands and offices. Argyll combined the attributes of a shrewd royal councillor and the ambitions of an immensely powerful Highland clan chief. He supported the English alliance of 1474, yet opposed James III at Lauder (July 1482). In 1483 he became chancellor, but was suddenly sacked by James III in February 1488. Joining the formidable magnate coalition against the king, Argyll recovered the chancellorship on James's death at Sauchie Burn.

Subjects: British History.

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