A COAT OF ARMS AND A CLAN

AN INSCRIPTION AT THE INVERNEILL MAUSOLEUM:
Previous to the erection of this Mausoleum, the chiefs of this clan were buried at Killin, near their property of Ardaonaig Perthshire, and previous to the year 1500, in the stone chest and in the piece of ground to the right of the alter in the chapel of Kilmallion (sic) on their property of Craignish.

"In memory of JAMES CAMPBELL, born 1706, died 1760, Commissary of the Western Isles of Scotland, 23rd in direct descent from SIR ARCHIBALD CAMPBELL, 3rd Knight of Loch Awe and 20th Chieftain of the Clan Tearleith Campbells, buried at Killalieu "

"Ardaonaig" is on the shore of Loch Tay, and "Killin" is on the west end of that loch. The Inverneill Campbells claim descendence from an early 16th century Charles Campbell, son of Archibald Campbell of Craignish.. This "Charles" (also "Tearlach", or "Thearlaich", or 'Kerley" or "Kerlich") was forced to leave Craignish after he murdered a man. He 'retired' far to the north west, to the shores of Loch Tay, Perthshire. In old Scotland, this was part of "Breadalbane." Here, his family acquired the property, Ardaonaig, mentioned above. (Today, there is a hotel in this area)

Charles' descendent was Sir Archibald Campbell of Inverneill. After the latter's death, his elder brother in 1791, Sir James Campbell of Inverneill was designated the Chief of Clan Tearlach. That is, in 1795, the heads of five related famlies signed a document supporting that claim. The Clans represented at this event were: Clan McKater Campbells in Breadalbane; The Clan Tearlach Campbells in Breadalbane and Glenlyon; the Clan Ich Kellegherne in Breadalbane and the Clan Haister Campbells in Rannoch.

The Court of the Lord Lyon accepted this claim in 1875.

Inverneill CrestThe Inverneill Campbells possess a coat of arms, of course. It is described as "the single galley supporter of Craignish with a shield displaying the gyronny (the 'spinning wheel') of eight, or and sable (gold and black), with a border azure (blue).

And below are photos of chinaware originally owned by Sir Archibald Campbell of Inverneill. Its decoration is his Coat of Arms, in this case topped by a (chinese-looking) Campbell boar.



Inverneill Chinaware Inverneill Chinaware2

The last page of this biography(except for the bibliography), shows you where to find Archibald Campbell of Inverneill's tomb in Westminster Abbey..