ORIGIN OF THE NAME
The traditional origin of the name CAMPBELL dates
back to the year A.D. 400. From history we know that the Romans, under Julius Ceasar, over-ran Britain and Caldonia, Scotland, 55 B.C. They were never to go any farther than the foot of the Grampian Mountains in Scotland and there they met the Clan Diamird or "Black Clan". The story says that the Chief of the Clan of Diamird, or "Black Clan", had a son named Colin. Colin obtained permission from his father to take a selected group of the clansmen and attack the Roman camp at night. He did so, and put them to the sword. Each clansman brought back a trophy from the Roman camp. Colin brought back the camp bell, which the Romans used for signals instead of bugles. By this act, Colin won the name of Colin Camp-bell. When Colin was made Chief at the death of the old Chief Diamird, he changed the name Diamird to Clan Campbell, which is still the clan name of the most powerful clan in Scotland.
Many Campbells maintain that their history goes back to the 5th (fifth) century Gael named Camuel, so called because of his crooked mouth. Official records date them to the
13th century. One branch of the clan started with McDuibhne in 646 when the Scottish Crown dubbed his progenitor to the Campbells of Lockow. The Campbells of Argyll were founded by Carlean Mar of Colin the Great in 1275.
The Campbells won special recognition during the India Mutiny of 1857 when a band of Scots were marching to the besieged fort. The fort defenders, hearing the skirls of the