Birth Dateabt 1507
Birth PlaceInveraray, Argyll, Scotland
Death Datebef 2 Dec 1558
Death PlaceInvererary, Argyll, Scotland
MotherLady Janet GORDON Of Huntly , F (~1496-)
ChildrenColin , M (~1524-)
Notes for Archibald (Spouse 1)
By Janet Gordon, his wife, eldest daughter of Alexander, third Earl of Huntly,

he [Colin] had issue:

1. Archibald, fourth Earl of Argyll.

2. John, called Gorm, who married Mary, daughter of Colin, fifth Laird of Ardkinglas …
3. Mr. Alexander, Dean of Moray in 1557, and in 1563.
4. Elizabeth or Isobel, married first to James, Earl of Moray, natural son of King James IV …
5. Agnes, married first, not later than 1554, to Sir James Macdonnel of Antrim …

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol I, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 337-38.

IV. Archibald, fourth Earl of Argyll, obtained a charter of all his father’s lands and offices on 18 January 1525-26, wherein he is designed son and heir-apparent of Collin, Earl of Argyll.

Immediately after his father’s death, he received, as Earl of Argyll, a charter from King James V appointing him Justice-General within the whole kingdom of Scotland and Master of his Household.

He had a charter, 2 November 1533, of the Barony of Abernethy, etc., forfeited by the Earl of Angus. On 14 march 1540, he received from the King a renewed grant of all his lands, and in a charter to him of the lands of Kirktoun of Cardrose and others, co. Dumbarton, 28 March 1542, he is designed Master of the King’s wine-cellar.

Argyll was one of the peers who, 4 July 1543, entered into an association to oppose the match betwixt the infant Queen Mary and King Edward VI of England, and the consequention union of the two crowns.

- He had two charters, granting him lands in the Lennox and islands of Lochlomond, forfeited by Matthew, Earl of Lennox, both dated 5 October 1545.
- He distinguished himself at the battle of Pinkie, 10 September 1547, and at the siege of Haddington, 1548.
- In 1546, he received from the King and Queen a charter of the lands of Boquhan, the contemporary endorsement on which, and on the precept of sasine, is ’To Archibald Roy.’

Cardinal Beatoun, Archbishop of St. Andrews, granted him, nominally on account of services against heresy, a charter of lands in the barony of Muckart and regality of St. Andrews, 16 January 1542, and again, with consent of the chapter, 17 August 1543. His subsequent conduct must have sadly disappointed the Cardinal, as we are told that he was the first of his quality to embrace the Protestand religion, of which he was a most zealous professor, and he recommended the promotion thereof, and the suppression of Popish superstitions, to his son on his deathbed.

His appointment of Justice-General of the Kingdom was renewed by Queen Mary 20 January 1558.

He died between 21 August 1558, when he granted a charter to Archibald, Lord Lorne, his son, and 2 December, same year, when the charter was confirmed, and the Earl is then said to be deceased.

(1) The Earl married, first, Helen, eldest daughter of James Hamilton, first Earl of Arran, about 1529, by whom

he had a son:

1. Archibald, fifth Earl of Argyll.

(2) He married, secondly, 21 April 1541, at the Priory of Inchmahome, Margaret, only [sic] daughter of William Graham, third Earl of Menteith,

by whom he had issue:

2. Colin, sixth Earl of Argyll, born before 1546.
3. Margaret, who was married 11 January 1563-64 to James, Lord Doune and St. Colme, son of sir James Stewart of Belth, Commendator of St. Colme’s Inch, ancestor of the Earls of Moray. He died 20 July 1590
4. Janet, married to Hector Maclean of Dowart, and had issue.

(3) He married, thirdly, Katherine Maclean, mentioned in a charter of 22 January 1546-47, and had no issue by her.

The Earl had a natural son, Colin, who married the heiress of the sixth Laird of Barbreck, and was father of Colin, eighth laird. He witnessed a deed in 1575.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol I, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 338-40
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