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TITLE
Colin Campbell, Lord Clyde
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_159_408
DATE OF IMAGE
1875
PERIOD
1870s
CREATOR
H W Phillips & W Holl
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
30953
KEYWORDS
Colin Campbell
Lord Clyde
battles
Highland Regiments
armies
Thin Red Line
Colin Campbell, Lord Clyde

Colin Campbell, Lord Clyde (1792-1863) was the son of Colin MacIver, a Glasgow carpenter, and Agnes Campbell of Islay. His uncle, Colonel John Campbell, presented him to the Duke of York and from there he gained entry into the army. He began his career in Portugal and went on to fight in America, Demarara, China and India.

In the Crimean War, Colin Campbell commanded the 93rd Highland Regiment of Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders during the Battle of Balaclava (1854). He organised the men into two long ranks instead of the traditional square formation, and with continuous rifle fire 'The Thin Red Line' halted the Russian cavalry charge. He later fought in India before poor health forced him to leave.

This illustration was taken from 'A History of the Scottish Highlands, Highland Clans and Highland Regiments vol. 2' by John S. Keltie (ed.)

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Colin Campbell, Lord Clyde

1870s

Colin Campbell; Lord Clyde; battles; Highland Regiments; armies; Thin Red Line

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (illustrations)

Colin Campbell, Lord Clyde (1792-1863) was the son of Colin MacIver, a Glasgow carpenter, and Agnes Campbell of Islay. His uncle, Colonel John Campbell, presented him to the Duke of York and from there he gained entry into the army. He began his career in Portugal and went on to fight in America, Demarara, China and India.<br /> <br /> In the Crimean War, Colin Campbell commanded the 93rd Highland Regiment of Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders during the Battle of Balaclava (1854). He organised the men into two long ranks instead of the traditional square formation, and with continuous rifle fire 'The Thin Red Line' halted the Russian cavalry charge. He later fought in India before poor health forced him to leave.<br /> <br /> This illustration was taken from 'A History of the Scottish Highlands, Highland Clans and Highland Regiments vol. 2' by John S. Keltie (ed.)