Lords Campbell of Loudoun (1601)


1st Lord Campbell, Hugh Campbell, b.?, a.1601, d.1622


Hugh Campbell was the son of Sir Matthew Campbell of Loudoun, Sheriff of Ayr and a prominent member of the extensive family of the Campbells of Lochaw, and Isobel Drummond.


2nd Lord Campbell, John Campbell, b.1598, a.1619, d.1663


Grandson-in-law of the 1st Lord, having married Margaret Campbell, Baroness Loudoun (b.c.1605, d.a.1663), grand-daughter of the 1st Lord and Margaret Gordon (b.?, d.1607), and daughter of George Campbell, Master of Loudoun, and Jean Fleming (b.?, d.1612), daughter of John Fleming, 1st Earl of Wigton. He was the son of Sir James Campbell of Lawers (b.?, d.1645) and Jean Colville, daughter of James Colville, 1st Lord Culross. He was ceded the lordship by his grandfather-in-law in 1619, and was created 1st Earl of Loudoun and 1st Lord Tarrinzean and Mauchline in 1633. He was a leading opponent of King Charles Iís attempt to impose a new Prayer Book in Scotland. However, when the King softened his stance, he made Campbell Lord Chancellor in 1641, and he held this office until the Restoration. Although a Presbyterian, he aligned himself with Charles II, and joined the Royalists in 1653, losing his estates to Cromwell. He was also First Commissioner of the Treasury and President of the Privy Council from 1649 to 1660, and he was Chancellor of St Andrews University from 1643 until his death.



Earls of Loudoun (1633)


1st Earl of Loudoun, John Campbell, as above


2nd Earl of Loudoun, James Campbell, b.?, a.1663, d.1684


Son of the 1st Earl and Margaret Campbell, Baroness Loudoun as mentioned above.


3rd Earl of Loudoun, Hugh Campbell, b.?, a.1684, d.1731


Son of the 2nd Earl and Lady Margaret Montgomerie, daughter of Hugh Montgomerie, 7th Earl of Eglinton.


4th Earl of Loudoun, John Campbell, b.1705, a.1731, d.1782


Son of the 3rd Earl and Margaret Dalrymple (b.c.1677, d.1777), daughter of John Dalrymple, 1st Earl of Stair. During the Jacobite Rebellion, he raised a regiment to support the Hanoverian side. During 1746, he was stationed at Inverness, and ventured forth in search of the Pretender but was ignominiously routed by a handful of Jacobites under the instructions of Lady Anne Farquharson-Mackintosh, wife of the Chief of Clan Farquharson, near Moy Hall, where the Lady was hostess to the Prince. He then joined Cumberland, ceding Inverness to the rebels. In 1756, he was sent to North America as Commander-in-Chief, but was replaced after further tactical mistakes. He died unmarried.


5th Earl of Loudoun, James Mure-Campbell, b.1726, a.1782, d.1786


Cousin of the 4th Earl, being the son of the 3rd Earlís younger brother Sir James Campbell (b.?, d.1745) and Lady Jane Boyle (b.?, d.1729), daughter of David Boyle, 1st Earl of Glasgow.


6th Earl (Countess) of Loudoun, Flora Mure-Campbell, b.1780, a.1786, d.1840


Daughter of the 5th Earl and Lady Flora Macleod (b.?, d.1780). She married Francis Rawdon-Hastings, 1st Marquess of Hastings, 2nd Earl of Moira and 17th Lord Botreaux.


7th Earl of Loudoun, George Augustus Francis Rawdon-Hastings, b.1808, a.1840, d.1844


Son of the 6th Countess and the 1st Marquess of Hastings. He and the next two holders of the earldom were all Marquesses of Hastings. He succeeded his father in 1826, and was Lord of the Bedchamber to King William IV from 1830 to 1831.


8th Earl of Loudoun, Paulyn Reginald Serlo Rawdon-Hastings, b.1832, a.1840, d.1851


Son of the 7th Earl and Barbara Yelverton, Baroness Grey (b.1810, d.1858).


9th Earl of Loudoun, Henry Weysford Charles Plantagenet Rawdon-Hastings, b.1842, a.1851, d.1868


Younger brother of the 8th Earl. When he died with no children, his English baronies (of Grey and of Botreaux) fell into abeyance as he had more than one sister. By Scottish laws of inheritance, his older sister succeeded to the earldom.


10th Earl (Countess) of Loudoun, Edith Maud Rawdon-Hastings, b.1833, a.1868, d.1874


Older sister of the 9th Earl. In 1871, she also obtained the title of 21st Baroness Botreaux in her own right, the barony of Grey eventually being bestowed on her younger sister Bertha. The Countess of Loudoun spent substantial effort in repairing the ancient family seat of Rowallan Castle in Ayrshire.


11th Earl of Loudoun, Charles Edward Rawdon-Hastings, b.1855, a.1874, d.1920


Son of the 10th Countess and Charles Frederick Abney-Hastings (born Clifton), 1st Baron Donnington (b.1822, d.1895).


12th Earl (Countess) of Loudoun, Edith Maud Rawdon-Hastings, b.1883, a.1920, d.1960


By the rules of the English barony, when the 11th Earl died without children, this title of Baron Donnington transferred to his next surviving brother Gilbert Theophilus Clifton-Hastings-Campbell (b.1859, d.1927), who had four daughters and no son. The barony then became extinct as there was no single female eligible to inherit. However, the earldom of Loudoun passed to the heir-male, who was the daughter of Major Paulyn Francis Cuthbert Rawdon-Hastings (b.1856, d.1907), the 11th Earlís older brother who had died before his father. The Countess and her sister petitioned for the extinct baronies in 1920, and these were granted between them in 1921, with the Countess receiving the baronies of Botreaux, Stanley and Hastings of Hastings. Later that year, they also petitioned for the earldoms of Warwick and Salisbury as descendants of Edward Plantagenet, 17th Earl of Warwick and Margaret Pole, 8th Countess of Salisbury. However, they were counter-petitioned by the holders of these titles and failed.


13th Earl (Countess) of Loudoun, Barbara Huddleston Abney-Hastings, b.1919, a.1960, d.2002


Daughter of the 12th Countess and Reginald Mowbray Chichester Huddleston.


14th Earl of Loudoun, Michael Abney-Hastings, b.1942, a.2002


Son of the 13th Countess and Captain Walter Strickland Lord, her older brother having been killed on active service in Italy during the Second World War. He emigrated to Australia when he was 18 years old. He is well known as being an advocate of his own claim to the Throne of England as the heir to the House of York, based on the supposed illegitimacy of Edward IV, and his own descent from George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence, the younger brother of Kings Edward IV and Richard III.



The courtesy title for the heir is Lord Mauchline.


(Last updated: 15/07/2009)