Campbell Preston

Paper Archive of the Campbell-Preston family of Ardchattan Priory and estate that has encompassed much of north Etive side for several centuries.
These papers are held privately at Ardchattan Priory and certain papers may possibly be accessed with prior arrangements suitable to the estate owners.

At the archive we have a written copy of the list of papers in the archive, but no immediate access to any. With plenty of warning we might be able to help researchers to gain access through the family, as per their requirements.
Country Code GB
Repository Code 800001
Repository Private
Reference NRAS934
Title Campbell-Preston Family, of Ardchattan, Argyll
Dates 1581-20th Century
Access Status Restricted
Access Conditions These records are held privately. All enquiries should be addressed to:
The Registrar
National Register of Archives of Scotland
H M General Register House
2 Princes Street

Description Papers of Col Alexander Campbell (1776-1844): correspondence relating to the Board of Excise, 1810-1836, including material on the Scottish, English and Irish Excise; papers from his career in the 86th regiment in France and Canada including recruiting records, 1785-1800; general correspondence covering Irish affairs, the Napoleonic and Peninsular wars, parliamentary matters including elections and the Reform Bill, financial difficulties; household accounts and vouchers for personal and estate expenses.

Papers of Alexander Glynn Campbell (1796-1836), MP for Fowey, Isle of Wight, 1819-1820: including correspondence relating to the Fowey election and his financial difficulties.

Papers of Robert Campbell of Ardchattan (1765-1840): correspondence from J MacFarlane in South America, financial and political matters, 1797-1836, accounts, 1776-1824.

Papers of Patrick Campbell of Ardchattan (1722-1801) including correspondence, 1741-1801,on financial and regimental matters, finding jobs for his sons in India, the American wars, 1774-1780, Inveresregan Trading Company and Lorn Meal Company, with accounts, 1708-1762.

Correspondence of General Sir Robert Macfarlane (d 1843) to various members of the family regarding his military career, Indian affairs, the situation in Ireland, Sicily and Zeeland, the wars in Spain, the Italian campaign, c1779-1830.

Papers of Alexander Campbell, brother of above, relating to his career in India, 1761-1781.

Papers of Col. Robert Clarke Campbell-Preston (1865-1929), as ADC to Lord Glasgow, Governor of New Zealand, 1894-96, serving in South Africa, 1900-1901, and as commanding officer of the 3rd Battalion the Black Watch, 1914-1918.

Ardchattan legal and estate papers, 1632-1931 with Ardchattan titles, 1581-1883.

Papers regarding the management of Gatcombe Estate, including correspondence from when it was owned by the Worsley family, 18th and 19th centuries.

Correspondence, legal papers, accounts and vouchers of the Campbell of Inveresregan family, 1668-1755, including papers concerning their tutory of Campbell of Lossit.

Papers of the Loch Etive Meal Company, 1729-1743.

Papers of the 'Droving Company', 1741-1775
Level Fonds

Copies Microfilm copies of Loch Etive Trading Company Records available in the National Archives of Scotland (ref: RH4/93/1-4)

Related Material Replaces Survey 31

Archival History This collection relates to the estates of Ardchattan in Argyll and Gatcombe on the Isle of Wight.
Colonel Alexander Campbell (1776-1844), army officer and commissioner of excise, married Jane, daughter and co-heiress of Edward Meux Worsley of Gatcombe in 1795 and thereby acquired Gatcombe estate in the Isle of Wight. Campbell went bankrupt in 1836 and the estate had to be sold.
He and his son, also Alexander, went to live on the continent.
After his brother Robert died in 1840, Col. Alexander succeeded to the Ardchattan estate in Argyllshire.
Ardchattan eventually descended through the daughter of another brother, Thomas, to the Clarke family of Comrie and thence to the Preston family of Valleyfield.
Robert William Piggott Clarke Preston adopted the surname Campbell-Preston when he succeeded to the estate in 1878.

Reference Title Date
CS46 Court of Session: warrants of the Register of Acts and Decreets, 5th Series 1830-1994
Country code GB
Repository code 234
Repository National Records of Scotland
Reference CS46/1883/5/110
Title Interim decree in petition and application of R W P Clarke Campbell-Preston Esq of Ardchattan for authority to charge entailed estate with improvement expenditures
Dates May 1883
Access status Open
Location Off site
Description Decree dated 15 Mar 1883
Level Item1

Reference Title Date
CS46 Court of Session: warrants of the Register of Acts and Decreets, 5th Series 1830-1994
Country code GB
Repository code 234
Repository National Records of Scotland
Reference CS46/1888/7/20
Title Decree in petition and application of Robert William Pigott Clarke Campbell Preston, Esq of Ardchattan, for authority to record instrument of disentail, and to uplift consigned money, Ardchattan estate
Dates Jul 1888
Access status Open

Location Off site
Description Decree dated 26 Jun 1888
Level Item2

Reference Title Date
CS272 Court of Session: Junior Lord Ordinary Petitions 1833-1977
CS272/3 Junior Lord Ordinary Petitions, Third Series 1833-1899
Country code GB
Repository code 234
Repository National Records of Scotland
Reference CS272/3/705
Title R.W.P. Clarke-Campbell Preston of Ardchattan: Authority to charge
Dates 1883
Access status Open
Location Off site
Level Item

Reference Title Date
SC57 Oban Sheriff Court 1830-1983
SC57/6 Processes-preservation, 1st Series 1886-1972
Country code GB
Repository code 234
Repository National Records of Scotland
Reference SC57/6/1906/7
Title Robert William Pigott Clarke Campbell Preston of Ardchattan, and Neil McGregor v The Heritors of the United Parish of Ardchattan and Muckairn, and Archibald McLullich Sinclair
Dates 1906
Access status Open
Location Off site
Description Petition to close the burial ground adjoining Ardchattan Priory.
Level File3

Lt.-Col. Robert Mordan Thorne Campbell-Preston, 12th of Ardchattan1
M, #22031, b. 7 January 1909, d. 14 June 1996
Last Edited=18 May 2014
Lt.-Col. Robert Mordan Thorne Campbell-Preston, 12th of Ardchattan was born on 7 January 1909.2,3 He was the son of Colonel Robert William Pigott Clarke Campbell-Preston of Ardchattan and Mary Augusta Margaret Nicol Thorne.4,3 He married Hon. Angela Pearson, daughter of Weetman Harold Miller Pearson, 2nd Viscount Cowdray and Agnes Beryl Spencer-Churchill, on 5 June 1950.1 He died on 14 June 1996 at age 87.4
He was awarded the Territorial Decoration (T.D.)1 He was appointed Officer, Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.)4 He held the office of Deputy Lieutenant (D.L.)4 He was awarded the Military Cross (M.C.)1 He was educated at Eton College, Windsor, Berkshire, England.3 He graduated from Christ Church, Oxford University, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England.3 He was admitted to the Royal Company of Archers.3 He gained the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in the Scottish Horse.3 He held the office of Vice-Lord-Lieutenant of Argyll and Bute between 1976 and 1990.3 He lived at Ardchattan Priory, Connel, Argyllshire, ScotlandG.1
Child of Lt.-Col. Robert Mordan Thorne Campbell-Preston, 12th of Ardchattan and Hon. Angela Pearson
Sarah Hope Campbell-Preston b. 19514

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