CAMPBELL (formerly LIVINGSTONE), James (?1719-88), of Ardkinglas, Argyll, and Glentirran, Stirling.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1747 - 1768

Family and Education

b. ?1719, 1st surv. s. of Sir James Livingstone, 2nd Bt., of Glentirran by Helen, da. and h. of Sir James Campbell, 2nd Bt.. educ. Edinburgh. m. 18 June 1752, Catherine, da. and coh. of Walter Campbell, receiver gen. of customs [S], 1s. 1da. suc. mat. gd.-fa. 5 July 1752; fa. as 3rd Bt. 30 Apr. 1771.

Offices Held

Ensign 25 Ft. 1733, lt. 1740, capt. 1745; gov. Stirling castle 1763-d.


James Livingstone succeeded his elder brother as heir to Sir James Campbell, his grandfather, in December 1745, taking the name of Campbell, and uniting the estates of two of the leading Whig families in Stirlingshire.1 An army officer, he fought under Cumberland at Fontenoy and at Culloden, subsequently taking part in the pursuit of the rebel leaders.2 He was present at a dinner given for Cumberland at which Duncan Forbes proposed ‘mercy and peace’ as a toast, afterwards warning Forbes that Cumberland had taken offence.3 Returning to Flanders with his regiment, he served at Lauffeld in June 1747.4 Attached, like his grandfather, to the Argyll family, he was returned unopposed for Stirlingshire as a government supporter in July 1747. He died 21 Nov. 1788.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Edith Lady Haden-Guest


  • 1. Memo. in Cholmondeley (Houghton) mss n.d. (c.1727).
  • 2. Albemarle Pprs. passim.
  • 3. Ramsay of Ochtertyre, Scotland and Scotsmen in 18th Cent. i. 53-54.
  • 4. Mems. Sir James [Callander] Campbell, 27, 71.