Ian Campbell, 11th Duke of Argyll

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The Duke of Argyll
Duke of Argyll coat of arms.svg
Arms of the Dukes of Argyll
Born (1903-06-18)June 18, 1903
Died April 7, 1973(1973-04-07) (aged 69)
Title Duke of Argyll
Known for 1963 divorce
Predecessor Niall Diarmid Campbell, 10th Duke of Argyll
Successor Ian Campbell, 12th Duke of Argyll

Ian Douglas Campbell, 11th and 4th Duke of Argyll (18 June 1903 – 7 April 1973) was a Scottish peer. He is chiefly remembered for his unhappy marriage to, and scandalous 1963 divorce from, Margaret Whigham.

Early life

Ian Douglas Campbell was the son of Douglas Walter Campbell and his wife Aimee Marie Suzanne Lawrence. He was a great-grandson of George Campbell, 8th Duke of Argyll. He inherited the dukedom from his first cousin once removed, Niall Diarmid Campbell, 10th Duke of Argyll, in 1949.


Argyll was married four times.[1] His first marriage was to the Honourable Janet Gladys Aitken (9 July 1908 – 1988), daughter of business tycoon and press baron Lord Beaverbrook, on 12 December 1927. They had a daughter:

Ian and Janet divorced in 1934. Argyll's second marriage was to Louise Hollingsworth Morris Vanneck, née Clews (d. 10 February 1970), daughter of Henry Clews by his wife Louise Hollingsworth Morris (ex-wife 1894-1901 of Frederick Gebhard) of Baltimore, Maryland, and former wife of Hon. Andrew Vanneck (md 1930-1933) on 23 November 1935. This marriage produced two sons:

This marriage also ended in divorce, in 1951.

Argyll's third marriage was to Margaret Whigham (1 December 1912 – 25 July 1993), mother of the Duchess of Rutland, Frances Helen Sweeny, from her previous marriage to Charles Sweeny. They were married on 22 March 1951. Margaret was a glittering society figure with a voracious sexual appetite. Even while married to the Duke, she carried on affairs with men from actor Douglas Fairbanks Jr. to Duncan Sandys, the Minister of Defence. The marriage was childless and they divorced in 1963, after the Duke photographed one of her sexual exploits. In the infamous divorce proceeding, the Duke produced Polaroid photographs of the Duchess wearing only her signature triple-string of pearls while fellating an unidentified man. This naturally caused a stir in society, and the divorce was granted, though on grounds of adultery with a different man.[3]

Argyll's fourth and final marriage was to Mathilda Coster Mortimer (20 August 1925 – 6 June 1997)[4] on 15 June 1963. From this marriage he had a daughter:

  • Lady Elspeth Campbell (29 April – 4 May 1967), who lived only five days.

They remained married until the Duke's death on 7 April 1973. He was succeeded by his son Ian.

While most Dukes and Duchesses of Argyll are buried at Kilmun Parish Church, the 11th Duke and his son, the 12th Duke, both chose to be buried on the island of Inishail in Loch Awe.



  1. Lundy, Darryl. "p. 153 § 1525".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>[unreliable source?]
  2. "A very unladylike lady!" by Jenny Johnson Daily Mail 10 January 2008
  3. Hugh Davies (August 10, 2000). "Duchess's 'headless man' was Fairbanks Jnr". The Daily Telegraph.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Lundy, Darryl. "p. 1006 § 10058".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>[unreliable source?]

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Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Niall Diarmid Campbell
Duke of Argyll
Succeeded by
Ian Campbell
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Niall Diarmid Campbell
Duke of Argyll
Succeeded by
Ian Campbell