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Sir Colin Campbell (1776-1847), Army officer and colonial governor

Sitter in 4 portraits
At sixteen, Campbell ran away from his home in Scotland and joined a ship heading for the West Indies. He joined the Army and by 1800 had become a brigade major on the island of St Vincent. The following year he was sent to India where he distinguished himself in fighting at Ahmednagar in 1803. He was appointed aide-de-camp to Lord Wellesley, with whom he served at Hanover and Denmark before being promoted to major and serving in the Peninsular War. Campbell was present at the Battle of Waterloo, and was promoted to major general in 1825. He served as lieutenant governor of Tobago and then of Nova Scotia and in 1840 was appointed governor of Ceylon, in which post he remained until his death.

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Sir Colin Campbell

by Thomas Heaphy
pencil and watercolour, 1813
NPG 4320


Sir Colin Campbell

by William Salter
oil on canvas, 1834-1840
NPG 3702


Field Marshall the Duke of Wellington KG &c &c Giving Orders to his Generals Previous to a General Action

by, published by and after Anker Smith, by Thomas Heaphy, published by Rudolph Ackermann
line and stipple engraving, published 8 August 1822
On display in Room 34 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG D42614