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Campbell, family, Earls Cawdor

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Date: 1200-2000
History:

On the death in 1498 of John, 8th thane of Cawdor (or Calder), Cawdor Castle and estates in Nairnshire and Inverness-shire passed by marriage to a younger branch of the Campbell family, Earls of Argyll. Estates in Argyllshire, including the island of Islay, were acquired in the lifetime of Sir John Campbell (d. 1642) but sold in the 1720s.

The Stackpole Court (Pembrokeshire) estate was acquired through the marriage of Sir Alexander Campbell of Cawdor to Elizabeth Lort in 1689. Their son John Campbell married in 1726 Mary, daughter and co-heir of Lewis Pryse of Gogerddan (Cardiganshire). The Golden Grove (Carmarthenshire) estate was bequeathed to the 1st Baron Cawdor by John Vaughan in 1805. Further South Wales property was purchased by the 1st Earl, and the family's principal seat remained Stackpole Court until the early 20th century, when it reverted to Cawdor Castle.

Estates in 1883: 46,176 acres in Nairnshire; 3,943 acres in Inverness-shire; 33,782 acres in Carmarthenshire; 17,735 acres in Pembrokeshire and 21 acres in Cardiganshire, worth a total of £44,662 a year.

Places:
  • Angle, Pembrokeshire
  • Ardersier, Inverness-shire
  • Auldearn, Nairnshire
  • Blaen-pant, Cardiganshire
  • Campbelltown, Inverness-shire
  • Castlemartin, Pembrokeshire
  • Cawdor, Nairnshire
  • Cellan, Cardiganshire
  • Clunes, Nairnshire
  • Delnies, Nairnshire
  • Geddes, Nairnshire
  • Golden Grove, Carmarthenshire
  • Islay, Argyllshire
  • Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire
  • Llandebie, Carmarthenshire
  • Llandifriog, Cardiganshire
  • Llandilo Fawr, Carmarthenshire
  • Moy, Inverness-shire
  • Muckairn, Argyllshire
  • Shenfield, Essex
  • Slebech, Pembrokeshire
  • Stackpole Court, Pembrokeshire
  • Stackpole Elidor, Pembrokeshire
  • Wiston, Pembrokeshire
Sources of authority: Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, Principal family and estate collections, 1996, p. 22.
Name authority reference: GB/NNAF/F81927 (Former ISAAR ref: GB/NNAF/F8388 )
Collections
  Description Held by Reference Further information
1
1236-20th cent: Nairnshire (Cawdor, etc) and Inverness-shire (Ardersier, etc) writs, legal papers, tacks, estate and household accounts and papers and Campbell family corresp and papers 1236-20th cent, with writs, rentals, accounts and estate papers for Argyllshire (Islay, Muckairn, etc) c1511-1722, etc
Collection held privately: enquiries to National Register of Archives for Scotland
NRA 8147

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [15a]
2
1623-1942: Nairnshire (Cawdor, etc) writs, bonds and legal papers, etc
National Records of Scotland (formerly National Archives of Scotland)
NRA 32486 Dundas

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [15b]
3
1911-1913: Nairnshire (Cawdor, etc) and Inverness-shire (Ardersier, etc) rentals and estate accounts
National Records of Scotland (formerly National Archives of Scotland)
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [15c]
4
13th cent-20th cent: Carmarthenshire (Golden Grove in Llandilo Fawr, etc) and Pembrokeshire (Castlemartin, Stackpole Court in Stackpole Elidor, etc) deeds, legal papers, manorial records, rentals, accounts, estate, household and Campbell family papers 13th-20th cent, incl papers rel to London houses, misc Essex (Shenfield), Cardiganshire (Cellan, etc), Merionethshire and Montgomeryshire estate papers mainly late 18th cent and rentals and accounts for estates in Nairnshire (Cawdor, etc) and Inverness-shire (Ardersier, etc) c1804-20th cent, with papers rel to the Brigstocke, Gwynn and Phillips families 1626-1780, etc
Carmarthenshire Archive Service
NRA 21492 Campbell

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [15d]
5
13th cent-18th cent: Pembrokeshire (Castlemartin, Stackpole Court in Stackpole Elidor, etc) deeds and manorial and estate papers
Carmarthenshire Archive Service
NRA 21493 Lort

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [15d]
6
1720-1775: Cenarth (Carmarthenshire) rental and account
National Library of Wales: Department of Collection Services
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [15f]
7
c1919-1940: misc Campbell family legal papers
Carmarthenshire Archive Service
NRA 21543 Bishop

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [15e]
8
1688-1723: Campbell family legal and financial papers
National Library of Scotland, Manuscript Collections

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