Notes re: Septs of Clan Campbell
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ARTHUR, MACARTHUR, MACARTAIR, MACCARTER
An early offshoot of the same blood as the Campbells. Later, the
Campbells of Strachur who descend from Sir Arthur Campbell were referred
to as the "MacArthur Campbells". The name is also found in other parts of
the Highlands from other origins.
Bannatyne of Kames in Bute was a follower of the Campbell chief.
BURNS, BURNES, BURNESS, BURNETT
Considered septs, due to the claimed Campbell blood of one particular
Burns family. The inclusion of the name Burnett, that of a well-known
clan in the Northeast of Scotland, is probably due to nothing more than
its fancied resemblance to the name Burness.
CONNOCHIE, MACCONOCHIE, CONOCHIE, MACCONACHIE, MACCONCHIE,
MACCONECHY, MACCONOCHIE, MACONACHIE
MacConochie in its various spellings means "Son of Duncan" and the
patronymic was used by the Campbells of Inverawe, Lerags and Glenfeochan
on occasion. They descend from an early Duncan Campbell. The name is
used by a number of other clans.
Clans Denune and Denoon are claimed to be from Dunoon in Argyll and to be
of an early Campbell family who took the name as Constables of the castle.
Later, Campbell Captains of Dunoon came from Ardkinglas branch of the
clan. From an early seal, it would appear that the Denunes may have been
Stewarts or Menteiths rather than Campbells.
GIBBON, GIBSON, MACGIBBON, MACGUBBIN
The MacGibbons were a Cowal sept, long followers of the Campbell Chiefs.
Some dropped the Mac and the names Gibbon and Gibson were used on
occasion, but this last name is common throughout Scotland and comes from
many unrelated sources.
HARRES, HARRIS, HAWES, HAWESON, HAWS
The Fergusons of Glensellich on Cowal appear to have been early possessors
of Strachur. They used the patronymic Mackerris which has been derived
from "son of Harry" which has resulted in the addition of the above names
which, in fact, often come from totally different sources.
Flora Campbell, Countess of Loudoun, in her own right, married in 1804,
Francis Rawdon, later created Marquess of Hastings. The present
Countess's surname is Abney-Hastings. This marriage appears to be the
only connection of the name with Clan Campbell.
ISAAC, ISAACS, MACISAAC, MACKESSACK, MACKISSOCK, MACKESSOCH, etc.
These all come under MACISAAC of which they are spelling variations. The
family is early found in mid-Argyll. One version of their origin is that
they are part of the Clanranald sept of the same name though this may be
questioned. Other users of these names from a different original may be
"Sons of the Servant of St. Kessog", venerated on Loch Lomond and the
Black Isle and sometimes MacKessogs. Mac is sometimes dropped and
the name can appear as Kissock, etc.
IVERSON, MACIVER, MACEVER, MACGURE, MACIVOR, MACURE, ORR, URE
These are all forms of the same name. The Argyllshire MacIvers are said
to have descended from an early Campbell, Iver Crom. MacIvers from
further north are more likely to be of Norse ancestry. The Name Orr is
also found in other parts of Scotland deriving from different stock.
A sept from the district of that name in Argyll which came under Campbell
domination c.1470. Previous Lords of Lorne were Stewarts and MacDougalls.
A sept from the district of that name in Ayrshire, long in Campbell
KELLAR, KELLER, MACKELLAR, MACELLER
The Mackellars were a small kindred in mid-Argyll who followed the
"Son of the man from Glassery" - a district of Argyll. The description
was used by a family of Campbells whose progenitor is said to have fled
Aryll to Keppoch. Some still use name of Campbell.
The inclusion of this name poses a puzzle; it is mainly found in
Galloway. There are various forms of the name and one of them, M'Ilwee,
is to be found in Bute in the 17th century and may be the reason for its
identification as a Campbell sept.
The Campbells of Inverneill descend from the Mackerlich Campbells
in Breadalbane who were an offshort of the Campbells of Craignish. The
name has various forms all meaning Son of Charles and there can be
no suggestion that all of the names are Campbells.
The name was early to be found in Glenorchy and one version claims that
they came there with an exile from Lochaber in the 1500's, one Nicol
McPhee. They may, therefore, be McPhees of Colonsay in origin. The name
is most commonly used by the MacNicols in Skye. A family of MacNichols
held the property of Elrig in Clenshira until the 18th century.
MacNocaird is from the Gaelic for "Son of the Whitesmith", a trade which
ended up in the vagrant "tinkers" or "tinklers". Caird is a common
name across Scotland from the same origin. Argyllshire Macnocairds
followed the Campbell Chief and a number "gentrified" their name by
converting it to Sinclair - a rhyming reference to their trade.
The name, MacCoran, according to tradition, is associated with the
Campbells of Melfort, one of whom in the 17th century, having committed a
crime, fled his country and used it as an alias. The name is to be found
The inclusion of this name is a puzzle; it has on occasion been used as a
variation of MacEwan, the name used both by the Clan based at Otter on
Loch Fyne whose chief early lost his lands to the Campbells and the
unrelated family of the same name (they are said to have been MacDougalls)
who were hereditary bards and sennachies to the Campbell Chiefs.
MacPhedran is the Gaelic form of Paterson or "Son of little Pat". The
original of the name is said to have been a MacAulay. Legend says that
Robert the Bruce rewarded one of his family who rowed him back from
Rathlin with the lucrative gift of the hereditary ferry rights across Loch
Awe at Portsonachan of which there is documentary evidence in the form of
a charter from the Campbell chief as early as 1439.
The name derives from Gaelic Mac-Ghille-Mhund or servant of St.
Mund and is the same as MacMunn. The MacPhuns were small lairds in Cowal.
Some of the MacMuns held lands at Kilmun and were guardians of the relics
of St. Mund, said to be the patron saint of the Campbells.
MACTAVISH, MACTAUSE, MACTHOMAS, TAWESON, TAWESSON, THOMAS,
THOMASON, THOMPSON, THOMSON, MACCOLM, MACCOLMBE, MACLAWS, MACLEHOSE
These names all mean Son of Thomas. MacTavish seems to be an
Argyllshire name; the early genealogy of the clan makes mention of a
Tavis Coirr who was an illegitmate son of an early Campbell Chief;
there was a Sir Thomas Campbell at the time of Robert the Bruce and the
MacTavishes may descend from either or both. Some MacTavishes gentrified
their name, notably to Thompson, but users of this and similar names may
descend from a variety of sources.
The name can come from a number of unrelated sources. The chief family
was that of Mure of Rowallan in Ayrshire. The 5th Earl of Loudoun took
the additional surname of Mure on inheriting the lands of Rowallan from
his grandmother. A number of Moores from this same stock were among the
lowland presbyterians settled on his lands of Kintyre by the Marquis of
Argyll in 1650.
Ochiltree is an anglicised form of the name MacUghtre or
MacUchtrie family who served the Earls of Argyll as men of law as
did the MacArthurs. Nothing to do with the place name which has given the
name to users who are totally unrelated.
The lands and barony of Pinkerton in Lothian were for a time held by the
MACDIARMID, MACDERMOTT, MACDERMID
The name is a Perthshire one and many of the name followed the Campbells
of Glenorchy. The spelling variation Macdermott is most usually that of
an unrelated Irish kindred. See the legend re Origin of Name "Campbell"
CADDELL, CADELL, CALDER, CATTELL
Muriel, the rich heiress of the Calder family away up in Nairn was married
to Sr. John Campbell, son of the 2nd Earl of Argyll. From this union
descend the Campbells of Cawdor, as the name is now spelled. After much
trouble, the members of Muriel's family accepted her son as their leader.
A local family in Nairnshire who followed the Campbells of Cawdor. A
Torrie is on record in Islay where he had obviously gone when that island
was purchased by Campbell of Cawdor.
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