By Alastair Campbell of Airds
The main in-depth and authoritative background 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. totally illustrated all through with maps and genealogies and twenty pages of plates. It comprises six appendices with an entire genealogical research of the extended family and contains an authoritative account of the Clans' tartans.
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Only here and there the remains of stone-walled dwellings, walls a few feet high amid the rubble, clinging together for comfort, show the footprint of past settlement. The emptying of the landscape is an old and continuing story in this part of the world, and it is often hard to distinguish the age of these ruins. They may be centuries old or a mere three or four decades as the young decline the old life and seek better fortune in the big cities or overseas. Thank the Lord, the wolf is a terror of the past here, although a few wellmeaning town-dwellers talk of reintroducing it.
It need hardly be said that the earliest generations of the pedigree are purely mythical and not to be taken seriously, tempting as this is to the over-enthusiastic roots-seeker. Some years ago, I was invited to address a genealogical society in Glasgow, where the question came up of my own family. ’ from an elderly member obviously soured by the imaginative claims to ancient birth of her colleagues. Such paper is not forthcoming on these earlier claimed generations, although one can highlight the name Briotan, eponymous (so it is claimed) of the British race, and also the repeated inclusion of Arthur in these and later pedigrees.
The author has been told by one noted writer of historical novels that she has found irrefutable proof in French local archives of the Campbells originating in Normandy from the family named de Campville. Her opinions were unshakeable. Equally strong, if on a rather different tack, is Mrs Beryl Platts, who claims a Flemish origin for the clan. She has produced three thought-provoking books on the links between Scotland and the Flemish which latter, she claims with some justification, have been underestimated by historians in favour of the Normans.