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John Campbell, 4th Earl of Loudoun (1705-82), military commander, entered the British army shortly before before his accession
to the earldom in 1732. He rose rapidly in rank: captain in the Queen's Own Regiment of Dragoons, 1734; captain and governor
of the Stirling Castle garrison, 1741; lieutenant colonel and aide-de-camp to the king with the allied army in Germany, 1743.
Lord Loudoun played an active part in the second Jacobite Rebellion, having raised his own regiment of loyal highlanders.
In the summer of 1747, he returned to the continent to serve in Holland under the Duke of Cumberland.
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