John Campbell, 4th Duke of Argyll

The 4th Duke of Argyll.

General John Campbell, 4th Duke of Argyll KT PC (c. 1693 – 9 November 1770), was a Scottish Whig politician in the 17th and 18th centuries.


The Duke was the son of Hon John Campbell of Mamore, the second son of Archibald Campbell, 9th Earl of Argyll, and Elizabeth Elphinstone, daughter of John, 8th Lord Elphinstone.

Marriage & Children

In 1720 Campbell married Mary Drummond Ker, daughter of John Drummond Ker, 2nd Lord Bellenden of Broughton. They had the following children:[1]

Military & Parliamentary Careers

Campbell joined the army at a young age, becoming a Lieutenant Colonel at the age of nineteen. However, he soon entered the world of politics, becoming Member of Parliament (MP) for Buteshire (1713–1715), Elgin Burghs (1715–1722 and 1725–1727), and finally Dunbartonshire (1727–1761). During most of his tenure as MP for Dunbartonshire, he was Groom of the Bedchamber.

Additionally, he served in the military during his tenure in Parliament—he became Colonel of the 39th Regiment of Foot (1737–1738) and the 21st Regiment of Foot (1738–1752), serving with honour in the Battle of Dettingen in 1741.

He rose quickly up the ranks, becoming a brigadier general in 1743, major general in 1744, and lieutenant general in 1747; he became colonel of the North British Dragoons in 1752, a position he held until his death.


Upon inheriting the dukedom and other titles upon the death of his cousin Archibald Campbell, 3rd Duke of Argyll, he left the House of Commons and became Governor of Limerick and a Scottish representative peer. He became a Privy Councillor in 1762, a general in 1765, and a Knight of the Order of the Thistle in that same year.


The Duke died on 9 November 1770 and is buried at Kilmun Parish Church. He was succeeded in the dukedom and other titles by his elder son John. His younger son Lord William Campbell was the last British Governor of South Carolina.


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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
John Montgomerie
(to 1710)
Member of Parliament for Buteshire
Succeeded by
Patrick Campbell
(from 1722)
Preceded by
James Murray
Member of Parliament for Elgin Burghs
Succeeded by
William Fraser
Preceded by
William Fraser
Member of Parliament for Elgin Burghs
Succeeded by
William Steuart
Preceded by
John Campbell
Member of Parliament for Dunbartonshire
Succeeded by
Sir Archibald Edmonstone
Military offices
Preceded by
Thomas Wentworth
Colonel of John Campbell's Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Richard Onslow
Preceded by
Sir James Wood
Colonel of the Royal North British Fuzileers
Succeeded by
The Earl Panmure
Preceded by
The Earl of Rothes
Colonel of the 2nd (Royal North British) Regiment of Dragoons
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Archibald Campbell
Duke of Argyll
Succeeded by
John Campbell


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