The following biography of Sir Colin Campbell is found in the Dictionary of National Biography, Vol. 8, published in 1888.
CAMPBELL, Sir COLIN, Baron Clyde (1792-1863), field-marshal, eldest son of John Macliver, a carpenter in Glasgow, and Agnes Campbell, of the family of Campbells of Islay, was born at Glasgow on 20 Oct. 1792.
He was educated at the expense of his mother's brother, Colonel John Campbell, and was by him introduced to the Duke of York, as a candidate for a commission in the army in 1807. The commander-in-chief cried out, `What, another of the clan!' and a note was made of his name as Colin Campbell, and when the boy was about to protest, his uncle checked him and told him that Campbell was a good name to fight under.
On 26 May 1808, he was gazetted an ensign in the 9th regiment, and sailed with the 2nd battalion of that regiment, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel John Cameron, for Portugal, with the expedition under Sir Arthur Wellesley.
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