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The books listed here are primarily of interest to people studying the background of the Clan Campbell in Scotland. For references on North American Campbells see the back issues of the Journal of the Clan Campbell Society (USA/NA), the Dictionary of National Biography (both that for Canada and for the United States of America). Also contact the Clan Cambpell Society Genealogist and Librarian for additional references.


  • A Short History of the Scottish Dress, R.D.M. Grange, foreword by Sir Iain Moncreiffe. Pub. Burke's Peerage Ltd. 1966.
  • Adamnan's Life of Saint Columba, tr. and ed. A.O. and M.O. Anderson, Nelson pub. 1961. (The earliest written record of a life in Argyll)
  • Alastair Maccolla and the Highland Problem in the Seventeenth Century, David Stevenson, pub. John Donald Publishers Ltd. 1980. (Offers a better understanding of Montrose's Lieutenant who led the Irish Clan Donald against the Marquis of Argyll in the Civil Wars and invaded Argyll in 1644-5).
  • Ancient and Medieval Stones of Islay , W.D. Lamont, 2nd ed. pub. John Smith 1972.
  • Archeological Sketches in Scotland; Kintyre (1873), Knapdale (1875), Capt. T.E. White, RE (Ordnance Survey), pub. Blackwood. (For some records of local traditions).
  • Argyll in the '45, Sir James Fergusson of Kilkerran, Bt., pub. Faber 1951.(Prince Charles Edward's 1745-1746 incursion from the Argyll point of view).
  • Argyll, The Enduring Heartland, Marion Campbell of Kilberry with Foreword by the Duke of Argyll, pub. Turnstone Books, London 1977. (A very personal and therefore memorable introduction to the atmosphere, background and traditions of Argyll).
  • Argyll Estate Instructions, 1771-1805, ed. E.R. Cregeen for Scottish History Society 1964. (Includes much information on the tenants of the Argyll estates).
  • Argyll, Inventories of Ancient Monuments, Vol. I, Kintyre; Vol. II Lorne; Vol. III Mull, Tiree, Coll, North Argyll; Vol. IV Iona; Vol. VI Mid Argyll (Prehistoric and Early Historic); Vol. VII Mid Argyll (Medieval and Later). HMSO 1972-1993. (Massive, comprehensive and authoratative, well illustrated).
  • Argyllshire Gathering 1871-1971, George Malcolm of Poltalloch with foreward by the Duke of Argyll, pub. The Oban Times 1971. (A history of the first 100 years of the Argyllshire Gathering and Ball with the associated Highland Games).
  • Argyllshire Highlanders 1860-1960, Lt.Col. G.I. Malcolm of Poltalloch, pub. The Halberd Press. (This is a history of the Volunteer Movement in Argyll: the Territorial Force and Reserve Army of Great Britain, comprised of volunteers.
  • Black Book of Taymouth, Papers from the Breadalbane Charter Room. Cosmo Innes Ed. pub. Constable, Edinburgh. Rare except in a recently reprinted presentation version.
  • Bonnie Prince Charlie a Biography, Susan MacLean Kybett FRHS, available from Kybett 751 W. Morrell St. Jackson MI 49203. (Highly readable and valuable information on a much romanticised subject. Proves the unwashed deviousness of Charles and that his father, as the most senior Bourbon, was a threat to France and Spain who therefore combined to keep him in exile).
  • British Regional Geology: the Grampian Highlands, pub. HMSO 1966. (An official basic handbook)
  • Burke's Landed Gentry, Ed.Burke, Pub. Burke. (Major reference source for the genealogies of landed (and formerly landed) British families including a number of Campbells. Published at intervals up to the 1970s, now discontinued. Public libraries in most major cities have a number of editions)
  • Burke's Peerage, (As above but for families with hereditary titles of Baronet and above).
  • Burt's Letters from Scotland, S. Burt, pub. London 1754. (Rare. An English surveyor of the military roads in the Highlands based in Inverness writes in the 1730s of the customs of the people as if they were natives of the American West. Useful source material for social history).
  • Campbell Tartan, Alastair Lorne Campbell of Airds, Yr., with introduction by the Duke of Argyll, a booklet pub. Ben Bhuidhe Holdings. (The author is Chief Executive of Clan Campbell and Unicorn Pursuivant. Both a technical and historical analysis of the known sources and a readable history).
  • Campbells Are Coming, The, Glen H. Campbell, pub. Dodd, Mean and Co. NYC 1947. (An attempt to write a popular history of the clan. Starting out in rollicking folksy style the author finally realizes the immensity of his task and gets down to serious efforts to get through the material).
  • Celtic Heritage, A. and E. Rees, pub. Thames and Hudson 1961.
  • Celtic Realms, The, M. Dillon and N.K. Chadwick, pub. Weidenfeld and Nicolson 1967.
  • Celts, The, Nora K.Chadwick, pub. Pelican 1970.
  • Clan Campbell, The, ed. Alastair Lorne Campbell of Airds, Yr., pub. Clan Campbell Society, Inveraray Castle, 1973. (Some excellent essays on elemental aspects of the Clan. Essential reading).
  • Clan Campbell, The, Andrew Mckerral, pub. Johnson & Bacon 1984. (A booklet giving an overview of the history of the Chiefs).
  • Clan Campbell, The, ed. Paton Campbell of Barcaldine, pub. 1900 (et var). (This series of volumes of transcriptions of the records of areas where Campbell families owned lands is the basis of much research on those families and their associates. Sept names and other patronymics were not included in the transcriptions except as incidental to records of Campbells).
  • Clans, Septs, Regiments of the Scottish Highlands, Frank Adam and Innes of Learney.
  • Dark Twin, The, (fiction) Marion Campbell (of Kilberry) pub. Turnstone Books 1973. (An eerie novel of life in prehistoric Argyll, offering intuitively vivid conjecture of what life could have been like).
  • Daybook of Daniel Campbell of Shawfield 1767, The, ed. Freda Ramsay, pub. Aberdeen University Press. (Historical account of two major estates on Islay with genealogical material, some related to families who left for America).
  • Dewar Manuscript, An un-published manuscript of Highland folktales and traditions in the archives at Inveraray Castle.
  • Dictionary of Scottish History, A, Gordon Donaldson and Robert S. Morpeth, pub. John Donald Publishers Ltd. 1977. (Of great value for instant encapsulated descriptions of incidents, places and personalities in Scottish history).
  • Drove Roads of Scotland, The, A.R.B. Haldane, pub. David and Charles 1973. (Routes of the Highland cattlemen).
  • Early Sources of Scottish History, A.O. Anderson. 1922. (more than one volume).
  • Folk and Hero Tales from Argyllshire, Celtic and English, D. MacInnes and A. Nutt, pub. The Folklore Society Vol.XXV 1890. (An addition to Waifs and Strays of Celtic Tradition, folktales translated from the Gaelic).
  • Gaelic Proverbs, Collected by A. Nicholson, ed. M. MacInnes, pub. Caledonian Press 1951.
  • Games and Diversions of Argyllshire, The, Robert Craig MacLagan, a collection, pub. the Folklore Society XLVII 1900. (Mostly about traditional children's games and shinty).
  • Glencoe and the End of the Highland War, Dr. Paul Hopkins, pub. John Donald Publishers Ltd. 1986. (This book is an academic work for the serious historian and sets the massacre in its historical context. It gives clear evidence that the massacre was in no way an event for which 'Clan Campbell' can be held responsible and clarifies that the Campbell Earl of Breadalbane attempted peace for the Highlands but his efforts were sabotaged).
  • Great Marquess, The, Life and Times of Archibald 8th Earl, and 1st (And Only) Marquess of Argyll (1607-1661), John Willcock, pub. Oliphant Anderson and Ferrier 1903. (Willcock uses the English spelling Marquess rather than the Scots Marquis).
  • Guide to Prehistoric Scotland, Richard Reachem, 2nd ed. pub. B.T. Batsford Ltd 1977. (A well documented listing of sites by a member of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland).
  • Heraldry of the Campbells, G. H. Johnston, 2 Vols. pub. W.& A.K. Johnston, Edinburgh 1920. Later pub. in 1 Vol. by Clan Campbell, Inveraray Castle. (An overview of the Chiefly Kin of Clan Campbell. Useful as an initial genealogical guide but not always fully accurate in genealogical detail).
  • Highland Brigade, The, J. Cromb, pub. Leng 1886.
  • Highland Clans, Tartans, R.W. Monro. Pub. Octopus Books 1977, Pub. Peerage Books 1987, Reprinted 1989 (Well illustrated - except for the wrong Campbell tartan).
  • Highland Clans, The, Sir Iain Moncreiffe of that Ilk, Revised Edition, pub. Clarkson N. Potter Inc NYC., dist. by Crown Publishers Inc. (The Revised Edition is one of the few publications which shows Campbell tartans correctly, a magnificent overview of the Highland families).
  • Highland Cookery, F. Marian McNeill, pub An Communn Gaidhealach, 1971. (Traditions and lore from documented sources with some instructions).
  • Highland Folkways, I.F. Grant MBE, pub. Routledge & Keegan Paul 1961. (Customs in various parts of the Highlands, not necessarily all applying to Argyll).
  • Highland Papers, Vols I, II & III, pub. Scottish History Society (Vol. III 1920). (These volumes contain transcriptions of a variety of Medieval and later documents of interest to the historian. A transcription of the partly fanciful 17th C. "Ane Accompt of the Genealogie of the Campbells" is included).
  • Historical Records of the 93rd Sutherland Highlanders, R.H. Burgoyne, pub. Bently 1883. (Later amalgamated into the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders).
  • History of Argyll, up to the Beginning of the Sixteenth Century, Colin M. MacDonald, Director of Education for Argyll, pub. W.& R. Holmes (Books) Ltd. 1951. (This is an attempt to produce an academic study of the history of the county. Later research indicates the need for some revisions but the basis is generally sound).
  • History of Cowal, The, Archibald Brown, pub. Greenock Telegraph 1908. (While some aspects may need revision due to more recent research, there is much sound material, particularly the transcriptions of earlier documents. Some photographs.).
  • History of Highland Dress, John Telfer Dunbar, (This is the most up-to-date and well researched book on the subject).
  • History of Scotland, A.J.D. Mackie, pub. Pelican 1964. (A basic history for those who like it in encapsulated form).
  • History of the 91st Argyllshire Highlanders, Dunn-Pattison.
  • History of the Celtic Place Names of Scotland, W.J. Watson, pub. Blackwood 1926.
  • History of the Scottish People, 1560-1830, The, T.C. Smout (Professor), pub. Collins 1969. (Highly readable and authoritative, offering an in-depth social and economic angle on Scottish history).
  • Illustrated Gaelic-English Dictionary, E. Dwelly (6th edn.) pub. MacLaren 1967. (No phonetic guide or companion English-Gaelic dictionary).
  • In Famed Breadalbane, Rev. William A. Gillies. 1ed, 1938, reprinted, 1980.
  • Inhabitants of the Argyll Estates 1779, E.R. Cregeen Ed. for Scottish Record Society, pub. Skinner 1973. (A useful source book mentioning many families who were tenants).
  • Inveraray and the Dukes of Argyll, Ian G. Lindsay assisted by Mary Cosh, Edinburgh University Press 1973. (A magnificent volume about the building of the present castle and the family of the Chiefs in the 18th C.).
  • Inveraray Castle, ed. John Cornforth and George Hughes-Hartman, Castle Guidebook booklet, pub. Pilgrim Press Ltd. 1978. (handsomely produced and illustrated, this color booklet is well worth obtaining).
  • Irish Franciscan Mission to Scotland, The, 1619-1646 ed. Cathaldus Giblin OFM, pub. Assisi Press Dublin 1964. (Documentation of a little known incident in Highland and Island history).
  • Kings and Kingship in Early Scotland, Marjorie O. Anderson, pub. Scottish Academic Press. (Analysis of the sources on Dalriada and the Pictish Kingdoms from the 6th to 9th centuries).
  • Lairds of Glenlyon, The, Duncan Campbell, 1886, 2nd ed. 1984 pub. Clunie Press. (Traditions and peoples of Glenorchy, Glenlyon, Rannoch and Breadalbane).
  • List of Inhabitants upon the Duke of Argyll's Property in Kintyre in 1792, A.I.B. Stewart Ed. Pub. Scottish Record Society, New Series 17, Edinburgh 1991. (Supplements Cregeen's earlier work [above] and offers more personal information. Clarifies in the introduction that the then Duke did not conduct 'clearances' on his lands in Kintyre).
  • Literature of the Highlanders, The, Nigel MacNeill, ed. John MacMaster Campbell CBE, pub. Eneas Mackay 1892, 2nd ed. 1929. (A useful overview including biographical sketches of bards, including a number of Campbells).
  • MacTavish of Dunardry, E.F. Bradford Ed., pub E.F. Bradford 1991, Orchard House, Castleton, Whitby, N. Yorks, England YO21 2HA Great Britain. (A wide ranging collection of family papers of the 18th and 19th centuries, offering insights into social life of those times).
  • Medieval Religious Houses, Scotland, D.E. Eason, pub. Longmans Green 1957.(Including some background to Iona, Ardchattan, Lismore and Saddell).
  • Megalithic Sites in Britian, A. Thom, pub. Oxford Clarendon Press 1967. (Standing stones and circles)
  • Memorial History of the Campbells of Melfort, Olivia Campbell. (very rare).
  • Memorials of Argyllshire, Archibald Brown, pub. Greenock Telegraph. (A variety of material about the county written in the late 19th century, much of it now out of date but with valuable sections).
  • Middle Ages in the Highlands, The, pub. The Inverness Field Club 1981. (A series of academic and professional papers giving some of the most recent findings on a wide range of subjects. A highly important book. Subjects include; Clan Systems - Fact or Fiction?; Highland Family Origins - Pedigree Making and Pedigree Faking, by David Sellar, offering further insights into the politicising of the early Cambell genealogy).
  • Minutes of the Synod of Argyll, 1639-1661, 2 Vols. pub. Scottish Historical Society 1943-44. (Offers source material on social background and local conditions at the time).
  • Morvern Transformed, a Highland Parish in the Nineteenth Century, Philip Gaskell, pub. Cambridge University Press 1968, paperback 1980. (A highly readable yet scholarly work about an estate brodering Loch Aline in Argyll).
  • New Road, The, (fiction) Neil Munro, pub. Blackwood 1914 (et seq). (One of the finest novels set in Argyll by an Argyll man himself, one of a series).
  • Para Handy and Other Tales, (fiction) `Hugh Foulis' (Neil Munro) collected edition, pub. Blackwood 1937. (A collection of humorous short stories about the crew of a 'puffer' or local coal boat on the coast of Argyll. Whether the humor will survive an Atlantic crossing without local experience is not known).
  • Picts, The, Isobel Henderson, pub. Thames and Hudson 1967.
  • Popular Tales of the Western Highlands, Gaelic-English collection, ed. J.F. Campbell (of Islay, the great folklorist), in 4 Vols., pub. Edmonston and Douglas 1860-1862.
  • Portrait of Argyll and the Southern Hebrides, David Graham-Campbell, pub. Hale. (A useful travel guide to places in Argyll).
  • Records of Argyll, ed. Lord Archibald Campbell, pub. William Blackwood and Sons, 1885. (A Collection of traditional tales, mostly translated from the Gaelic and given by people in Argyll).
  • Robert Bruce, G.W.S. Barow (Professor), pub. Eyre and Spotiswoode 1965. (A biography of the claimant to the throne and leader of the Scottish Wars of Independence, kinsman of the early Campbell chiefs and their benefactor).
  • Scandinavian Scotland, Crawford.
  • Scotland as it Was and is, The Duke of Argyll.
  • Scotland: the Edinburgh History of Scotland, gen.ed. Gordon Donaldson (Professor), various authors, 4 Vols. pub. Oliver and Boyd 1968, paperback 1978. (A first class reference series).
  • Scots Cellar, The , F. Marian McNeill, pub. Richard Paterson 1956, later ed. Reprographia 1973. (A collection of songs, poems, quotations, source material and instructions for concocting liquid refreshment in the Scottish tradition).
  • Scots Earl, a, Life and Times of Archibald 9th Earl of Argyll, John Willcock, pub. Andrew Elliot 1907.
  • Scots Heraldry, Sir Thomas Innes of Learney, Lord Lyon King of Arms, 2nd ed. pub. Oliver and Boyd 1956. (A practical handbook on the historical principles and modern application of the art and science, for basic understanding and reference).
  • Scots Kitchen, The, F. Marian McNeill, pub. Blackie 1929 (Much as above but for food).
  • Scots Peerage, Balfour Paul
  • Scottish Castle, The, Stewart Cruden (HM Inspector of Ancient Monuments, Scotland), pub. Nelsons 1960.
  • Scottish Highlands, The, a Short History, W.R. Kermack, pub. Johnston and Bacon 1957.
  • Scottish Nation, The, ed. G. Menzies, pub. BBC Publications 1972.
  • Seventeenth Century in the Highlands, The, ed. Loraine MacLean of Dochgarroch, various authors, pub. Inverness Field Club 1986. (A series of academic and professional papers giving some of the most recent findings on a wide range of subjects. A highly important book for historians. Subjects include The MacLeans with a revision of their formerly very anti-Campbell Clan History; Glencoe by Hopkins; Highland Aristocracy and North America).
  • Sketches of the Character, Manners, and Present State of the Highlanders of Scotland, with Details of Highland Regiments, Major-General David Stewart (of Garth) 2 Vols. pub. Constable 1825 (et seq). Spine title; "Stewart's Sketches of the Highlands". (One of the sources for the facts and traditions of social life in the Highlands of the late 18th C. by one who was involved.)
  • Songs of Duncan Ban Macintyre in Gaelic and English, ed. G. Calder, pub. Grant 1912. (One of Argyll's finest Gaelic bards. Translations not good).
  • Stent Books and Acts of the Balliary of Islay, 1718-1843, ed. Lucy Ramsay (of Kildalton), privately printed 1890.
  • Studies in the History of Dalriada, Dr. John Bannerman MA, PhD, pub. Scottish Academic Press 1974 (A collection of academic papers on the interpretation of the surviving sources).
  • Survey of British Natural History: the Highlands and Islands, F. Fraser Darling and T. Morton Boyd, 2nd ed. pub. Collins 1969. (A good over-view of the evolving natural background of the Highlands and including Argyll).
  • Tartan, the Highland Textile, J.C. Scarlett.
  • Tartans, Pleasures and Treasures, Christian Hesketh (Lady), Weidenfeld and Nicolson 1961. (A handsomely illustrated introduction to the subject).
  • That Illustrious Island ... Iona Through the Traveller's Eyes, Mairi MacArthur, pub. The New Iona Press 1991. (Illustrated and written record of how visitors saw the sacred island in the 18th and 19th centuries).
  • The Book of Islay, Ramsay.
  • The Thanes of Cawdor, Cosmo Innes.
  • Waifs and Strays of Celtic Tradition, ed. Lord Archibald Campbell, Vol. I Argyllshire Series (et seq) pub. David Nutt 1889.

The White Hind, Essays by Sir James Fergusson, 8th Baronet of Kilkerran, pub. Faber 1963. Originally published in 1963. The search for the White Hind in Argyll in 1621 is taken as symbolic of the excursions into the by-ways of Scottish history which form the material for this collection of stories and essays -- lives of obscure men which often illuminate the history of their times with surprising vividness. (A study of the Appin Murder Case).

The White Hind (The Kilkerran Collection) by Sir James Fergusson of Kilkerran, Bt. 1963


        Series: The Kilkerran Collection
        Hardcover: 260 pages
        Publisher: The Grimsay Press (January 1, 2004)
        Language: English
        ISBN-10: 0902664085
        ISBN-13: 978-0902664081




Who Are the Scots?  ed. Gordon Menzies, Evolution of the Scottish people from prehistoric times.

Who Are the Scotts - Gordon Menzies, 1971


        Hardcover: 144 pages
        Publisher: BBC; First Edition edition (Sept. 1971)
        Language: English
        ISBN-10: 0563105976
        ISBN-13: 978-0563105978


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