Campbell, John, 2nd Duke of Argyll (1680 -1743)

John Campbell was born in Petersham, Richmond-upon-Thames, Surrey, to Archibald Campbell, 1st Duke of Argyll and Elizabeth Tollemache, daughter of Sir Lionel Tollemache, 3rd Baronet, he succeeded his father as Duke of Argyll and Chief of Clan Campbell in 1703. In 1705, for his support of the Act of Union, he was created Baron Chatham and Earl of Greenwich. He fought during the War of the Spanish Succession under the British Army's overall commander, the Duke of Marlborough. In 1710 he was made a Knight of the Garter, and in 1711 he was appointed commander-in-chief of British forces in Spain. He married firstly, Mary Brown, daughter of John Brown and Ursula Duncombe, in 1701. He married secondly, Jane Warburton, daughter of Thomas Warburton and Anne Williams, in 1717. In the 1715 Jacobite Rebellion, Argyll led the government army at the Battle of Sheriffmuir and defeated the Jacobites led by the Earl of Mar. In 1719 he was rewarded by being created Duke of Greenwich. He was Master General of the Ordnance from 1725 to 1740 and was promoted to Field Marshal in 1736. He is listed as a founding Governor of the Foundling Hospital on that charity's Royal Charter, granted by the George II in 1739. In 1742, a year before his death, he was given the position of Commander in Chief of the British Army. Argyll features in Sir Walter Scott ‘s novel Rob Roy. He is buried in Westminster Abbey in an elaborate tomb designed by the French sculptor, Louis François Roubiliac.

Seat / Residence(s): Inverary Castle, Argyllshire
Stamp(s) Stamp Information
Campbell, John, 2nd Duke of Argyll (1680 - 1743) (Stamp 1) Arms: Quarterly: 1 & 4 Gyronny of eight or and sable (Campbell) 2 & 3 argent, a ship sails furled, flags and pennants flying gules oars in action sable (Lorne)
Quarterings: 1 & 4 Gyronny of eight or and sable (Campbell) 2 & 3 argent, a ship sails furled, flags and pennants flying gules oars in action sable (Lorne)
Coronet: Duke
Heraldic Charges: gyronny (8), Heraldic Charges: ship