Date added: 24 Apr 2015
Sir Colin Campbell was born in Scotland to a Highland family with a strong military tradition. After being educated at Perth Academy, Sir Colin ran away to sea, but soon joined the army.
He first served with Breadalbane Fencibles before serving in St Vincent as part of the 1st West Indian Regiment. He later joined the 78th Foot and fought in India under Arthur Wellesley (the later Duke of Wellington). He served again under Wellington during the Peninsular War, and in 1814 was knighted for his service to the Iron Duke.
After Waterloo, Sir Colin Campbell became a colonial administrator. He was lieutenant-governor of Novia Scotia (1833-40), then later became governor of Ceylon until 1847.
Sir Colin Campbell returned to England where he died in London on 13th June 1847. He is buried in St James's, Piccadilly.