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The Earl of Loudoun
The Earl of Loudoun
Born (1705-05-05)May 5, 1705
Died April 27, 1782(1782-04-27) (aged 76)
Allegiance  Kingdom of Great Britain
Service/branch British Army
Rank Major-General
Commands held North America

Major-General John Campbell, 4th Earl of Loudoun (5 May 1705 – 27 April 1782) was a British nobleman and army officer.

Early career

Campbell inherited the peerage on the death of his father in 1731, becoming Lord Loudoun. The earl raised a regiment of infantry that took part in the Jacobite Rising of 1745 on the side of the Hanoverian government. The regiment consisted of twelve companies, with Loudoun as colonel and John Campbell (later 5th Duke of Argyll) as lieutenant colonel. The regiment was raised and served in several different parts of Scotland; three of the twelve companies, raised in the south, were captured at Prestonpans. Eight companies, under the personal command of Lord Loudoun, were stationed in Inverness. Loudoun set out in February 1746 with this portion of his regiment and several of the Independent Companies in an attempt to capture the Jacobite pretender, Prince Charles Edward Stuart. The expedition was ignominiously defeated by a small number of Jacobites in what became known as the Rout of Moy. After this debacle, Loudoun fell back to join the Duke of Cumberland's army, giving up the town of Inverness to the rebels.

Seven Years War

North America

In 1756, Loudoun was sent to North America as Commander-in-Chief and Governor General of Virginia, where he was unpopular with many of the colonial leaders. When he learned that some merchants were still trading with the French, while he was trying to fight a war against them, he temporarilly closed all American ports. Despite his unpopularity, the county of Loudoun, which was formed from Fairfax in 1757 was named in his honour.[1] As Commander-in-Chief, he planned an expedition to seize Louisbourg from the French in 1757 but called it off when intelligence (possibly including a French military deception) indicated that the French forces there were too strong for him to defeat. While Loudoun was thus engaged in Canada, French forces captured Fort William Henry from the British, and Loudoun was replaced by James Abercrombie and returned to London.

On 23 January 1773, the town of Loudon, New Hampshire was incorporated and named in Campbell's honor.[2]


In 1762, he was sent to Portugal to counter the Spanish invasion of Portugal as second-in-command, and he became overall commander in 1763. Despite being unable to prevent the loss of Almeida, the British forces soon launched a counter-attack that drove the invaders back across the border.

A bachelor, Loudoun was succeeded as earl by his cousin, James Mure-Campbell.

See also


  1. "About Loudoun > History". Loudoun County. Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  2. Janness, John Scribner (1895). Notes on the first planting of New Hampshire and on the Piscataqua patents. 25. New Hampshire (Colony) Probate Court. Retrieved 8 April 2011. 

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Masonic offices
Preceded by
The Viscount Weymouth
Grand Master of the Premier Grand Lodge of England
Succeeded by
The Earl of Darnley
Military offices
Preceded by
William Shirley
Commander-in-Chief, North America
Succeeded by
James Abercrombie
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Hugh Campbell
Earl of Loudoun
Succeeded by
James Mure-Campbell

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