By Alastair Campbell of Airds
The main in-depth and authoritative historical past of the extended family Campbell to be had. Commissioned through the extended family Campbell schooling organization in Louisiana, it's a complete background in 3 volumes with a foreward via the Duke of Argyll. absolutely illustrated all through with maps and genealogies and twenty pages of plates. It comprises six appendices with a whole genealogical research of the extended family and contains an authoritative account of the Clans' tartans.
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Although it can be little more than speculation, my suggestion would be that Evah and her father never existed and that there was only one marriage, the other heiress being Dervail MacFiachar. Again, the case for her is shadowy – we are reliant on tradition and on intelligent use of circumstantial evidence. According to the woodman John Dewar, collecting his local tales in the mid-nineteenth century, the MacFiachars themselves claimed descent from Niall of the Nine Hostages. 18 We will be returning later to this castle, which was definitely an early family possession for which the story of Dirvail’s marriage gives an entirely credible raison d’être.
They were not original inhabitants but incomers, but they have been here for at least 800 years and possibly more. In time, they were to come to dominate nearly all of Argyll with much else besides. In the early nineteenth century when the country lay under the imminent threat of invasion by Napoleon Buonaparte, the War Office issued an order that in the event of the French crossing the Channel, all horses, cows, sheep and other bestial that might be of help to the enemy should immediately be driven ten miles inland.
The present fashion is all for trees, and all else must give way before the natural reafforestation of the land. The trouble in restoring a landscape is that it becomes a question of deciding to which period it is to be returned, since we are looking, wild though the landscape is, at a man-made view. Ever since the hunter-gatherers that Setting the Scene 23 trod on the heels of the retreating ice sheet were replaced by the first farmers, man has been altering the environment and clearing the trees for the grazing of his bestial and the planting of his crops.
A History of Clan Campbell by Alastair Campbell of Airds