Twice

Lieutenant-General Sir James Campbell KB, of Lawers (c. 1680 – 2 May 1745), by follower of Jean-Baptiste van Loo.
Lieutenant-General Sir James Campbell KB, of Lawers (c. 1680 – 2 May 1745), by follower of Jean-Baptiste van Loo.

King George II., at a review of his Horse Guards, asked Monsieur de Bussy, the French Ambassador, if he thought the King of France had better troops. “Oh, yes, Sir,” answered the ambassador, “the King of France has his gens d’armes, which are reckoned the best troops in the world. Did you never see them? The King answered “No,” upon which General Campbell, Colonel of the Scots Greys (who afterwards lost his life at the battle of Fontenoy), stepped up and said, “Though your Majesty has not seen them, I have cut my way through them twice, and make no doubt of doing the same again whenever your Majesty shall command me.”

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2 thoughts on “Twice”

  1. I am working on some research into General Sir James Campbell – especially the paintings he owned. Please could you tell me where this interesting quote comes from? and do you know where he might have acquired paintings during his time abroad with the army?

    1. The immediate source, from whence I lifted the anecdote, was likely The Celtic Monthly, vol. xiii, where it is unattributed. However, it is also to be found, verbatim, in Robert Chamber’s Scottish Jests and Anecdotes (1832), p. 274. I am not familiar with Gen. Campbell’s art collection.

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