Date added: 17 Jun 2015
Lieutenant-General Sir Colin Campbell, Colonel of the 72nd Highlanders was born in Scotland in 1776. His father was John Campbell of Melfort, and Colin was his fifth son. At the age of sixteen the young Campbell ran away from the Perth Academy to join a ship which was sailing out to the West Indies. When he arrived in Jamaica, he met his brother in a fruit market. His brother tried to take Campbell home but failed. Later on he became a midshipman on board an East Indiaman and started travelling the world. Two years after that he became a lieutenant in the 3rd battalion, Breadalbane Fencible. Then in 1799 Campbell was appointed Ensign in a West India regiment. After some years fighting for this country, he was one of the troops which on 8 August 1803 famously stormed the fortress at Ahmednagar with Wellesley. Lord Wellesley was impressed with Campbell and made him brigade major. Campbell was still young and after he left India he went on to fight in other battles. During his military career Campbell fought in Denmark, France, Spain and Belgium. Having demonstrated bravery in the face of fire, Campbell was assigned as aide-de-camp to Lord Wellesley in the Peninsuar War and was knighted in 1831. Campbell remained a good friend of Wellesley and was admired by him. The storming of Ahmednagar was an event that the Duke of Wellington remembered long after and he wrote to Campbell: “We are both growing old; God knows if we shall ever meet again. Happen what may, I shall never forget our first meeting under the walls of Ahmednagar.” In 1833 Campbell was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia and in 1840 he became the Governor of Ceylon. He lived in Ceylon until June 1847. Campbell died on his return to England in 1847 at his London home in King Street from an illness. He has been known for his bravery and for sticking with his men. This portrait of Sir Colin Campbell was painted by William Salterwho is best known for his large painting of 83 people assembled at a banquet in 1836 organised by the Duke of Wellington to celebrate their victory at the Battle of Waterloo. The painting is today on display at Apsley House, the Duke’s former London home. There is a memorial to Sir Colin Campbell KCB in St James’s Church, Piccadilly, London.
Date added: 19 Jun 2015