Colin Campbell 1st Baron of Clyde was born - On this day in Scottish history


20 October 2021
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Colin Campbell, 1st Baron Clyde was born on 20 October 1792. ...

Colin Campbell, 1st Baron Clyde was born on 20 October 1792 in Glasgow. Campbell was a British army officer who took part in many of the major military campaigns of the day, including the Napoleonic and Crimean wars. He was also the commander of the 'thin red line' during the Battle of Balaclava.

Campbell was known for his careful style of leadership and was nicknamed 'old slowcoach' and 'Sir Crawling Camel' by his detractors but was well regarded by the men who fought under him. The town of Clyde in New Zealand was named after him.

Colin Campbell 1st Baron Clyde timeline

  • 20 October 1792 - Born in Glasgow
  • 1807 - Joined the army
  • 1823 - Quelled a slave rebellion in Demerara
  • 1854 - Commanded the Highland Brigade in the Crimean War
  • 1858 - Raised to a peerage as Baron Clyde
  • 14 August 1863 - Died in Chatham at the age of 70
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