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Campbell, Archibald, fifth earl of Argyll (1538–1573), magnate and protestant reformer, was the eldest son of Archibald Campbell, fourth earl of Argyll (1498–1558), and his first wife, Lady Helen Hamilton (d. in or before 1541), daughter of the first earl of Arran...

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Campbell [McGillespic], Colin, first earl of Argyll (d. 1493), magnate, was the only son of Gillespic Campbell, first son of Sir Duncan Campbell of Lochawe (created Lord Campbell in 1445) [see under Campbell family (per. c. 1300-1453)]; Colin's mother was Gillespic's...

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Campbell, Colin, sixth earl of Argyll (c. 1542–1584), magnate, was the second son of Archibald Campbell, fourth earl of Argyll (1498–1558), and his second wife, Lady Margaret Graham (d. in or before 1545), daughter of the third earl of Menteith. Following Gaelic tradition he was probably fostered with his maternal kin, thereby acquiring the name ...

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Douglas, Archibald [nicknamed Bell-the-Cat], fifth earl of Angus (c. 1449–1513), magnate and rebel, was the elder of the two sons of George Douglas, fourth earl of Angus (c. 1417–1463), and his wife, Isabel, daughter of Sir John Sibbald of Balgonie in Fife...

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Douglas, Archibald, sixth earl of Angus (c. 1489–1557), magnate and lord chancellor of Scotland, was the eldest son of George Douglas, master of Angus (c.1469–1513), and his wife, Elizabeth, widow of Sir David Fleming of Monycabo and daughter of John Drummond, ...

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Gordon [formerly Seton], George, second earl of Huntly (1440/41–1501), magnate, was the eldest son of Alexander Seton, first earl of Huntly (d. 1470), and his second wife, Elizabeth Crichton, daughter of the then chancellor, Sir William Crichton (d. 1454); they married shortly before 18 March 1440. ...

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Gordon, George, fourth earl of Huntly (1513–1562), magnate, was the eldest son of John Gordon, master of Huntly (d. 1517), and Margaret, illegitimate daughter of King James IV and Margaret Drummond. He succeeded his grandfather Alexander Gordon, the third earl, in 1524; his wardship was given to ...

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Gordon, George, fifth earl of Huntly (d. 1576), magnate, was the second, but eldest surviving, son and heir of George Gordon, fourth earl of Huntly (1513–1562), and his wife, Lady Elizabeth Keith. Perhaps because he was a younger son little is known of his early life before 18 January 1554, when he was contracted to marry ...

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Graham, John, third earl of Montrose (1548–1608), magnate and lord chancellor of Scotland, was the posthumous son of Robert Graham, master of Graham (c.1518–1547), and his wife, Margaret Fleming (d. 1584×7), daughter of Malcolm, third Lord Fleming. His father, who was killed at the battle of ...

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Stewart, James, earl of Arran (c. 1545–1596), courtier and administrator, was the second son of the eight children of Andrew Stewart, second Lord Ochiltree (1521?–1594?), and his first wife, Agnes Cunningham (d. in or after 1557), daughter of John Cunningham of Caprington...

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Stewart, John, fourth earl of Atholl (d. 1579), magnate, was the only son of John Stewart third earl of Atholl (1507–1542), and his first wife, Grizel (d. c.1537), daughter of Sir John Rattray. Without being a leading figure either at court or in government, the third earl performed a number of useful services for ...