About Campbeltown

The Campbeltown Crest:

A shield divided into four. In the first quarter a castle; the second quarter gyronny of eight; the third quarter a lymphad, with sail furled and oars in action; and in the fourth quarter a fret.

Campbeltown Coat of arms

Beneath is the motto, “Ignavis Precibus Fortuna Repugnat,” The motto has been translated with a few meanings; One version has it as “Fate is deaf to idle prayers” another shows it as “Fortune spurns the prayers of cowards” generally it is known as “Fortune helps those who help themselves”.

The castle represents the old castle of Campbeltown, the site of which is now occupied by a converted parish church, which was built in 1780. The gyronny of eight is the armorial bearings of the Clan Campbell.

The arms were officially granted on July 10, 1929.

Campbeltown was created a Burgh of Barony in 1667 in favour of Archibald, 9th Earl of Argyll, and was raised to a Royal Burgh by King William III in 1700.


Campbeltown has an active social scene with lots of community groups, from Bowling to Brass, Football to Flowers, Sea Sports to Shopper aide:

Accent Players – Maureen Johnson
Argyll (Campbeltown) Scout Group – Lindsay & Alistair Kenny
Argyll Bowling Club
Argyll FM – Colin Middleton
Argyll TSI – Margaret Wallace
Boys Brigade – Alister Nimmo
Campbeltown & District Junior Football Association – David Paterson
Campbeltown BMX Park – Jacqui MacKenzie
Campbeltown Bowling Club
Campbeltown Brass – Emily Walker
Campbeltown Camera Club – Alison Clements
Campbeltown Christmas Lights Group – Lorraine Gillespie
Campbeltown Community Business Ltd – Jane Mayo
Campbeltown Community Church – Elizabeth Irwin
Campbeltown Community Council – Alasdair MacPhail
Campbeltown District Badminton Club – Kerry Dickson
Campbeltown Flower Club – Pauline Simpson
Campbeltown Free Church – Rev Rodger Crooks
Campbeltown Pupils AFC – Alex McKinven
Campbeltown Railway Trust – Andrew Hemmings
Campbeltown Reading Group – Vivien Carmichael
Campbeltown Rugby Club – John Forster
Campbeltown Running Club – Elaine Cameron
Campbeltown Sailing Club – John MacTaggart
Campbeltown Tennis Club – Catherine Dobbie
Dalintober and Millknowe Tenants and Residents Association – Cathie Duncan
Dochas Carers – Tracy Chambers
Explore Campbeltown – Kate Watt
Footnotes Dance Company – Kerry Dickson
Friends of Campbeltown Museum – Betty McIntyre
Gardening heroes – Catherine Dobbie
Girl Guiding – Jennifer Littleson/Hannah McManus
Highland Parish Church – Liz Kennedy
Home-start Majik – Kelly Coats
Inspiralba – Ailsa Clark
James McCorkindale School of Dance – James McCorkindale
Jehovah’s Witness – Peter Dancer
Jog Scotland – Gail Williams
Kidney Dialysis Support Group – John Forster
Kintyre & Argyll SCDA – Martha Rennie
Kintyre Agricultural Society – John Armour
Kintyre Amenity Trust – Alan Milstead
Kintyre Angling Club – Alastair Forbes/Karen Forbes
Kintyre Barn Owl Project – John Brown
Kintyre Canoe Club – Alix Geyer/Sid Gallagher
Kintyre Chorale – Iona Barr
Kintyre Community Care Forum – Susan Paterson
Kintyre Cultural Forum – Ian Johnston
Kintyre Foodbank – Mary Anne Stewart
Kintyre Juvenile Pipe Band Assoc – Fiona Watson
Kintyre Link Club – Tracy Chambers
Kintyre Music Club – David McEwan
Kintyre Piping Society – Finlay Wylie
Kintyre Recycling – Amanda Card
Kintyre Seasports – Campbell Fox/Margaret Wallace
Kintyre Sheepdog association – Tracy Ronald
Kintyre Writers’ Circle – Elizabeth McTaggart
Kintyre Youth Cafe – Mandy Robertson
Live Argyll – Robert Judge
Lorne & Lowland Church – Jean Durnan
Machrihanish Airbase Community Company – M McMillan
Macmillan Cancer Support (Campbeltown)
Men’s Shed – Michele Prout
MOK run – Campbell Read
MS Support Group – Joan Grady
Mull of Kintyre Music and Arts Assoc – Iain Johnston
Natural History and Antiquarian Society – Angus Martin
Old Pals – Alex McKinven
Parkinson’s UK – Archie Smith
Royal British Legion – George Rahman
RNLI (Campbeltown) – Margaret Bakes
Salvation Army – Ben Russell
Scottish Episcopal Church – David McEwan
Campbeltown Sea Cadets – Alasdair MacPhail
Senior Citizens Social Club – Cathie Duncan
Shopper Aide/Elderberries – Joan Stewart
Songwriters Festival – Stephen Johnson
South Kintyre Development Trust – Eric Spence
South Kintyre Fit Communities – Elizabeth Croft
South Kintyre Seniors Forum – Lesley Mitchell
South Kintyre Sports Council – Elaine McGeachy
Springbank Evangelical Church – Janet Scott-Dodd
St John’s Masonic Lodge – Ian McAlister
St Kieran’s RC Church – Father Wood
Sub-aqua club – Donald Hardman
Supporting Homeless in Kintyre – Maryanne Stewart
The Club – John McKinlay
The Inner Wheel of Campbeltown – Una Baker
The Kintyre Way – John Bakes
The Rotary Club of Campbeltown – Cameron McNair
U3A – Janette Dreghorn
Upbeats – Paula McLean
Young Firefighters – Rachel Macphail
Youth Impact – Phil Edwards