Argyll, Colin Campbell, Lord Lorne, 1st earl of
Argyll's life was one of contrasts, combining the attributes of a shrewd and hard-working royal councillor and the ambitions of an immensely powerful Highland clan chief. He supported the English alliance of 1474, yet opposed James III at Lauder (July 1482). In 1483 Argyll became chancellor, but was suddenly sacked by James III in February 1488. Joining the formidable magnate coalition against the king, Argyll recovered the chancellorship on James's death at Sauchie Burn, and held it throughout the troubled early years of the next reign.
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