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.