By Jane E. A. Dawson
In the course of his short political profession, Archibald Campbell, fifth earl of Argyll (1530-73) performed an important function within the mid-century upheavals in Scottish and British politics. This definitive research on Argyll is an enormous contribution to Scottish political heritage, and an important new contribution to the heritage of the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots. The learn of his profession adjustments considerably the axis of mid-Tudor reports in addition to the research of the dynamics of Scottish heritage. vital ecu contexts and resonances also are explored.
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Within Campbell households, the two cultures and languages co-existed and Archibald grew up equally at home with both. In 1542, at the tender age of four, Archibald was introduced to feudal grants. He became the ‘ﬁar’ or possessor of most of the lands held by the 4th earl, leaving his father with a life rent. 25 From that time onwards Archibald, assisted by his father and by his guardian Ardkinglas, was involved in the granting of charters. 26 From his earliest years he followed a peripatetic lifestyle, travelling extensively around the region of Argyll, learning about the heartland of Campbell power and meeting his clansmen.
Argyll Inventory, 7, 178 and 547, n. 19; Johnston’s poem was also printed in Heroes ex omni historia scotica lectissimi (Leiden, 1603), 36: see below pp. 46–7. I am grateful to my colleague Professor David Wright for his assistance in translating the poem and to Mr and Mrs Gilles of Kilmun and Ian Fisher of the RCAHMS for further details concerning the mausoleum and the inscription. Annals of the Four Masters, V. 1663. 63 From a relatively early stage, the couple had encountered difﬁculties. The countess enjoyed living in the Lowlands, certainly preferring it to the peripatetic lifestyle as wife of a magnate in the Western Highlands where she missed her friends and life within the court.
44 The use of the latest military 40 41 42 43 44 The Scottish Correspondence of Mary of Lorraine 1542/3–60 ed. I. Cameron (SHS, 3rd ser. 10, Edinburgh, 1927), 388–9; Letters to Argyll Family, 2–3. B. Bradshaw, ‘Manus “the Magniﬁcent” : O’Donnell as Renaissance Prince’ in A. Cosgrove and D. , Studies in Irish History Presented to R. Dudley Edwards (Dublin, 1979), 15–36. The contract of 13 July 1555 exists in both a Gaelic and Scots version: AT, V. 39, 45–7; printed in J. Mackechnie, ‘Treaty between Argyll and O’Donnell’, Scottish Gaelic Studies, 7 (1953), 94–102; Highland Papers, IV.
The Politics of Religion in the Age of Mary, Queen of Scots: The Earl of Argyll and the Struggle for Britain and Ireland by Jane E. A. Dawson