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General Barrington Bulkeley Campbell Douglas, 3rd Baron Blythswood





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Maj.-Gen. Sir Barrington Bulkeley Campbell, 3rd Baron Blythswood, C.V.O., K.C.B. (18 Feb 1845-13 Mar 1918) was the son of Archibald Douglas of Mains and Catherine Dick. Archibald had inherited Blythswood, in the county of Renfrewshire, on the death of his elder brother, Colin, in 1820, and on doing so, he changed his name to Campbell.

The family name of the House of Blythswood is derived from Colin Campbell of Elie, a cadet of the House of Ardkinglass in Argyll, who acquired the estate during the reign of Charles I., but through his granddaughter and heiress the property passed to the Douglases of Mains in Dunbartonshire.

In 1908, his name was legally changed to Barrington Bulkeley Douglas-Campbell. However, on 30 September 1916 he reverted to Barrington Bulkeley Campbell when he succeeded to the title of 3rd Baron Blythswood, co. Renfrew, on the death of his brother, Reverend Sholto Campbell, 2nd Baron Blythswood.

He was Colonel of the Scots Guards. Colonel Barrington Bulkley Douglas Campbell, the Regimental Commander of the Scots Guards, had belonged to his distinguished regiment since 1864 when he was listed as an Ensign and Lieutenant. He served with the 1st Battalion of the Scots Guards during the Egyptian Campaign of 1882, and was present at Tel-El-Kebir. Colonel Campbell became Lieutenant-Colonel in 1891, and Colonel-Commandant in August, 1895.


He may have commanded the 17th Brigade in South Africa.

Barrington gained the rank of Major-General in 1898, and held the office of Lieutenant-Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Guernsey between 1903 and 1908.

Barrington was decorated with the Royal Humane Society Medal in 1889 for saving a life.

He gained the rank of Major-General in 1898. He was invested as a Commander, Royal Victorian Order (C.V.O.). He was invested as a Knight Commander, Order of the Bath (K.C.B.).

He rebuilt and occupied Douglas Support, his brother Sholto's,  historic mansion that had been destroyed by fire in 1908
Probably a member of the Scottish Mountaineering Club, in 1911.

He married, 7th July 1869, Mildred Catherine Hawley, daughter of Sir Joseph Hawley. They had three sons:

  • Archibald, who succeeded as 4th Baron Blythswood, who had, also in 1916, legally changed his name to Douglas-Campbell.
  • Barrington, 5th Baron Blythswood, and
  • Leopold.

  • See also:
    Douglas-Campbell armorials




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