Colin Campbell (British Army officer)

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Colin Campbell
Born 1754
Died 1814 (aged 59 or 60)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Rank Lieutenant General
Battles/wars Irish Rebellion
Peninsular War

Lieutenant General Colin Campbell (1754–1814) was Lieutenant Governor of Gibraltar.

Military career[edit]

Campbell was commissioned into the 71st Regiment of Foot in 1771 and then transferred to the 6th Regiment of Foot in 1783.[1] In 1796 he went to Ireland and fought, two years later, at the Battle of Vinegar Hill.[1]

In 1810 he was appointed Lieutenant Governor of Gibraltar.[1] During the Peninsular War he insisted on keeping Gibraltar well garrisoned and also regarded Tarifa as within his command and denied it to the French invading force there.[1]

His son Guy Campbell was created a Baronet in his honour in 1815.

References[edit]

Government offices
Preceded by
Sir John Cradock
Governor of Gibraltar
(acting)

1809–1814
Succeeded by
Sir George Don