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Sir Gillespic Campbell, 1st of Menstrie

Son and heir of Duglad Campbell.

Born: c. 1199

Married: Wife unnamed, possibly a dau. of Sinclair of Roslin (a.k.a. St. Clair of Roslin)


1. Sir Colin Mor Campbell, later Chief of Clan Campbell
1. Beatrice Campbell
2. Gillespic Campbell

Created: 1263 1st Lord of Menstrie

Died: c. 1280

Tenure: 1263 - 1280

Other Titles: 9th Knight of Lochow

Preceded by: Dugald Campbell (b. 1161)

Succeeded by: eldest son, Sir Colin Campbell 2nd of Menstrie, 1st Lord of Lochow

Note: Gillespic Campbell of Menstrie is the earliest member of the Campbell family to be attested in contemporary sources, appearing in royal charters dating to the 1260s. His existence is confirmed by later Campbell pedigrees. According to these genealogies, he was the son of a man named Dubhghall ("Dugald"). Gillespic's first historical appearance dates to 1263, when he appeared in a charter of King Alexander III of Scotland, being named as "Gilascoppe Cambell". He was granted the estates of Menstrie and Sauchie in Clackmannanshire (but then under the supervision of the Sheriff of Stirling). His next appearance, and final appearance, is in 1266, when he witnessed another royal charter at Stirling granting favours to Lindores Abbey. The genealogies, and indeed later 13th century patronymic appellations, tell us that Gilleasbaig was the father of Cailean Mór, probably by marriage to the Carrick noblewoman, Afraig, a daughter of Cailean of Carrick.

The name Gillespic (Gilleasbaig) is a modernization of "Gilla Escoib" (with a variety of related spellings, such as Gille Escoib), and is often rendered as "Archibald" in English or occasionally "Gillespie".


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