All spellings of the name come from the Gaelic MacDhiarmaid, ‘son of Dermaid’, who is one of St Columba’s attendants, son of a king of the Scots, and a Celtic hero. The MacDiarmids claimed to be the oldest inhabitants of Glenlyon, and many of them enlisted in the company raised by the Duke of Atholl …

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Campbell of Breadalbane

THE Campbells of Breadalbane are the most powerful branch of the house of Argyll; indeed, in the extent and value of their estates they surpass the parent stock. They are descended from Sir Colin Campbell, third son of Duncan, first Lord Campbell of Lochaw, by Marjory Stewart, daughter of Robert, Duke of Albany, Regent of Scotland. In the Β‘Black Book of Taymouth,Β’ printed by the Bannatyne Club, from an old manuscript preserved in Taymouth Castle, it is stated that Β‘Duncan Campbell, commonly called Duncan in Aa, Knight of Lochaw (lineallie descendit of a valiant man surnamit Campbell quha cam to Scotland in King Malcolm Kandmore his time, about the year of God 1067, of quhom came the house of Lochaw) flourished in King David Bruce his dayes. The foresaid Duncan begat twa sons, the elder callit Archibald, the other namit Colin, wha was first laird of Glenurchay.Β’