Barons Cawdor of Castlemartin (1796)


1st Baron Cawdor, John Campbell, b.c.1753, a., d.1821


Descended from Sir John Campbell (b.?, d.1546), third son of Archibald Campbell, 2nd Earl of Argyll, John Campbell was MP for Nairnshire from 1777 to 1780 and then for Cardigan until 1796, when he was created 1st Baron Cawdor of Castlemartin, Pembroke, in the Peerage of Great Britain. He was created a Fellow of the Royal Society of Antiquaries in 1794 and of the Royal Society in 1795.


2nd Baron Cawdor, John Frederick Campbell, b.1790, a.1821, d.1860


Son of the 1st Baron and Lady Isabella Caroline Howard (b.1771, d.1848), daughter of Sir Frederick Howard, 5th Earl of Carlisle. He was educated at Eton and Christ Church Oxford, and then represented Carmarthen as a Whig MP from 1813 to 1821 In 1827 he was created 1st Earl Cawdor of Castlemartin in Pembroke, and 1st Viscount Emlyn of Emlyn in Carmarthen, and bore the Queen’s rod at the coronation of Queen Victoria. He was Lord-Lieutenant of Carmarthenshire from 1852 to 1860.


Earls Cawdor (1827)


1st Earl Cawdor, John Frederick Campbell, as above


2nd Earl Cawdor, John Frederick Vaughan Campbell, b.1817, a.1860, d.1898


Son of the 1st Earl and Lady Elizabeth Thynne (b.1795, d.1866), daughter of Sir Thomas Thynne, 2nd Marquess of Bath. Educated at Eton and Christ Church Oxford, he was MP for Carmarthen from 1841 to 1860, and Lord-Lieutenant of Carmarthen from 1861 to 1898.


3rd Earl Cawdor, Frederick Archibald Vaughan Campbell, b.1847, a.1898, d.1911


Son of the 2nd Earl and Sarah Mary Cavendish (b.1813, d.1881), a grand-daughter of George Augustus Henry Cavendish, 1st Earl of Burlington. Again, educated at Eton and Christ Church College, he was MP for Carmarthen from 1874 to 1885 and Lord-Lieutenant of Pembrokeshire from 1896 to 1911. He was Chairman of Great Western Railway from 1895 to 1905, and was Aide-de-Camp to both Queen Victoria and Edward VII. He was invested as a Privy Counsellor in 1905.


4th Earl Cawdor, Hugh Frederick Vaughan Campbell, b.1870, a.1911, d.1914


Son of the 3rd Earl and Edith Georgina Turnor (b.1844, d.1926), a grand-daughter of George William Finch, 10th Earl of Winchilsea.


5th Earl Cawdor, John Duncan Vaughan Campbell, b.1900, a.1914, d.1970


Son of the 4th Earl and Joan Emily Mary Thynne (b.1872, d.1945), another descendant of the 2nd Marquess of Bath. He fought in both the First World War and the Second World War, and gained the rank of Lieutenan-Colonel. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and the Society of Antiquaries.


6th Earl Cawdor, Hugh John Vaughan Campbell, b.1932, a.1970, d.1993


Son of the 5th Earl and Wilma Mairi Vickers (b.?, d.1982).


7th Earl Cawdor, Colin Robert Vaughan Campbell, b.1962, a.1993


Son of the 6th Earl and Cathryn Hinde. He came into public conflict with his father’s second wife Angelica Grafin Lazansky von Bukowa, said to be from a Czech aristocratic family, and to whom his father had left Cawdor Castle in his will. He is 7th Earl Cawdor, 7th Viscount Emlyn and 8th Baron Cawdor.



The courtesy title for the heir is Viscount Emlyn.