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Who Is the Chief of Clan Campbell?

THE 13TH DUKE OF ARGYLL ~ In Scottish Gaelic, the chief of the Clan Campbell is known as "Mac Cailein Mór" meaning "Son of Colin the Great", called from his ancestor Sir Colin Campbell, Knight of Lochawe, who was killed in battle in 1294. (Pronunciation: Maa HI len more)

What is the Campbell Tartan?

The Campbell tartan is sold as "Clan Campbell" or "Ancient Campbell" or even "Campbell Ancient" tartan. Offically known in Tartan Registeries as "Tartan #1". There are four patterns of tartan authorized by Mac Calein Mór. The Campbells of Breadalbane, or Campbells of Cawdor, or Campbells of Loudoun, may each wear their respective tartans. Read More

What Color is Campbell Tartan?

The Campbell tartan has only three (3) colors: Green, Black, and Blue. In the trade it is called "ancient" Campbell and is the same as Black Watch although generally lighter in color. The three main branches of Clan Campbell, Breadalbane, Cawdor, and Loudoun, each have their own tartan.

What is the Motto of Clan Campbell?

"Ne Obliviscaris" - Latin for "Do Not Forget" (Pronunciation: NAY ob lee vis KAR iss)

What is the Clan Campbell Crest?

The Clan Campbell’s crest features a boar’s head in the center of the strap and buckle, framed by the motto Ne Obliviscaris, Latin for "Forget Not".

Where is the Ancestral Home of Clan Campbell?

The main seat of Clan Campbell is Inveraray Castle, on the shores of Loch Fyne. The initial design was made in 1720 by Sir John Vanburgh, who designed Blenheim Palace. Inveraray Castle, Inveraray, Argyll, Scotland (Pronunciation: inver AIR y, ArGYLL).

What is the War Cry of Clan Campbell?

"CRUACHAN!"  "The Campbell war cry is Cruachan! and this refers not, however, as has long been assumed, to the mountain which dominates Loch Awe and much of Argyll besided but to the farm of the same name on the west bank of Loch Awe directly opposite Innis Chonnell Castle. This is an obvious place for a rallying point. The slogan is also used by the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Regiment)." ~ Alastair Lorne Campbell of Airds, Unicorn Pursuivant, A History of Clan Campbell, Volume 2, From Flodden to the Restoration (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2002), page 290. (Pronunciation: CROO a han -or- CROO a h ' n)

What part of Scotland are the Campbells from?

The Campbells originally come from Argyllshire, Scotland, the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata. Campbell castles and lands could be found in six parts (Shires) of Scotland: Argyll, Angus, Ayr, Clackmannan, Nairn and Perth. Located in Argyll, the home of the Clan Chief the Duke of Argyll, Inveraray Castle, is the must see destination for any Campbell visitor.

Is Campbell Irish or Scottish?

Campbell is a Scottish Highland Clan family name dating back almost a 1000 years. While primarily a Scottish name, there are also Irish Campbells, as well as Campbells found in the rest of the world.

What is the origin of the surname Campbell?

Campbell is a Scottish surname—derived from the Scottish Gaelic roots cam ("crooked") and beul ("mouth")—that originated as a nickname meaning "crooked mouth" or "wry mouthed". The modern medical explanation for this facial curvature is a form of Torticollis or "wry neck". Read More

Is Clan Campbell a Highland or Lowland Clan?

Clan Campbell is a Highland Scottish clan. Historically one of the largest and most powerful of the Highland clans, their lands were in Argyll and the chief of the clan became the Earl and later Duke of Argyll.

What is the Clan March of Clan Campbell?

"The Campbells Are Coming!" Also known under a variety of names including, in Scottish Gaelic as "Baile Inneraora", aka " The Town of Inveraray". Read More.

What Plant is the Symbol of Clan Campbell?

The Bog Myrtle (Myrica gale), sometimes called the Fir Club Moss, is the Plant Symbol of Clan Campbell.

Who Ordered the Attack at Glencoe?

Sir John Dalrymple, (later 1st Earl of Stair), King William III’s secretary of state for Scotland, issued the order under the king’s signature for military punishment of the MacDonalds of Glencoe and "that these miscreants be cutt off root and branch".

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Clan Campbell Society (N.A.)

Membership benefits include:

– A subscription to our 60 page award winning quarterly magazine, "The Journal"

– Access to our genealogical data via our Genealogist

– Member pricing on Clan Campbell merchandise

– News of Scottish events and Scottish Highland Games

– Periodic opportunities for Group Travel to Scotland

A subscription to a monthly eNewsletter with color pictures and invitations to events

– Free entry to Cawdor Castle during regular open times (with valid membership card)

– Free entry to Inveraray Castle during regular open times (with valid membership card)

Membership is open to all who are Campbells, Campbell septs, married to a Campbell or Campbell Sept, and those who are descended from Clan Campbell, and to those interested in learning about the Clan Campbell, and Scottish history and culture, and acknowledge Mac Cailein Mòr as their Clan Chief, as he is the Chief of Clan Campbell, the greatest family in all of Scotland!

Remember, those who get the most out of being a member of the Clan Campbell Society... are those who participate. We welcome you as our kinsmen.

To become a member, please complete the online Membership Application and the PDF Genealogy Data Forms.