Patrick Campbell (British Army officer, born 1779)

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Patrick Campbell
Illustration by David Roberts, digitally enhanced by rawpixel-com 86.jpg
Campbell (centre) meeting Muhammad Ali of Egypt (left) in 1839. Witnessed and depicted by David Roberts
Duntroon, Scotland
AllegianceGreat Britain
Service/branchRoyal Artillery; Spanish Army
Years of service1800?-1823
RankMajor-General (Britain)
Lieutenant Colonel (Spain)
Battles/warsPeninsular War: Battle of Talavera
AwardsOrder of Charles III, Laureate Cross of Saint Ferdinand
Other work
  • Secretary of Legation, Colombia (1826)
  • Agent and Consul-General, Egypt (1833)

Major-General Patrick Campbell (1779–1857) was a Scottish army officer and diplomat born in Duntrune.[1]

Patrick Campbell was born into a military family. His father was Neil Campbell (1736–1791), and his two older brothers were James Campbell (1773–1799) and Neil Campbell (1776–1827), all of whom served in the military. Patrick Campbell's service started under Ralph Abercromby in the West Indies. In 1800 he became Brigade Major to the Royal Artillery in Gibraltar. In 1809, he volunteered to serve with the Spanish Army in the Peninsular War, and took part in several battles, notably the Battle of Talavera. In 1811 he raised and commanded a Spanish Light Infantry Regiment, and in 1813–14 he commanded a Spanish Brigade in the field and was promoted Lieutenant Colonel and awarded the Order of Charles III as well as the Laureate Cross of Saint Ferdinand. However, he ended his military career in 1823, and entered the Diplomatic Service. He was appointed Secretary of Legation in Colombia on the 29 of December in 1826, and then Agent and Consul-General in Egypt on the 7 of January in 1833. He retired on the 13 of August in 1841.[2] "Campbell's Chamber" in the Great Pyramid of Giza was named in his honour by its discoverer Howard Vyse.[3]


  • Alastair Campbell Campbell of Airds (2004). A History of Clan Campbell: From the Restoration to the Present Day. Vol. 3. Edinburgh University Press. pp. 203–204. ISBN 978-0-7486-1790-6. OCLC 59279320. Retrieved 2009-07-05. |volume= has extra text (help)
  1. ^ Dawson, Warren Royal; Uphill, Eric Parrington (1972). Who Was Who in Egyptology… (2nd ed.). London: Egypt Exploration Society. p. 52. ISBN 978-0-85698-031-2. OCLC 3241760.
  2. ^ The Foreign Office List and Diplomatic and Consular Year Book. London: Harrison and Sons. 1857. p. 45. Retrieved 2009-07-05.
  3. ^ Cobden, Richard; Howe, Anthony; Morgan, Simon; Bannerman, Gordon (2007). Howe, Anthony (ed.). The Letters of Richard Cobden: 1815–1847. Oxford University Press. p. 87. ISBN 978-0-19-921195-1. OCLC 155756063. Retrieved 2009-07-05.
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
John Barker
British Consul-General in Egypt
Succeeded by
George Lloyd Hodges