Colin Lindsay Scotland Grenada Spain

Biography of Colin Lindsay

Colin Lindsay enrolled at the University as an Arts student in 1770, taking Greek class under James Moor. He was born on 5 April 1755, son of James, Earl of Balcarres, and brother of Charles Dalrymple Lindsay.

He entered the British Army in 1771, and served throughout the American War, and at all actions int he West Indies, as well as at the siege of Gibraltar. He attained the rank of Brigadier-General and Quartermaster-General of the West Indian Forces. Lindsay was involved in suppressing the insurgency in Grenada in 1795.

He died on 22 March 1795 due to excessive fatigue and the 'noxious climate' which is thought to have driven him to commit suicide.


Printed Materials

  • Michael Craton, Testing the Chains: Resistance to Slavery in the British West Indies (Cornell University Press, 2009)

Archival Materials

  • W Innes Addison, The Matriculation Albums of the University of Glasgow from 1728 to 1858 (Glasgow, 1913)


Colin Lindsay
Born 5 April 1755.
Died 22 March 1795.
GU Degree: Arts, 1770;
University Link: Student
Occupation categories: military
English snippet: Arts student at the University of Glasgow in 1770, Army General
Record last updated: 29th Apr 2014

Country Associations

Scotland Scotland, Balcarres
Place of Birth

Grenada Grenada, Belvedere
Place of Death

Spain Spain, Gibraltar

University Connections

University Roles

  • Student