Full name Michael John Campbell-Lamerton
Born August 1, 1933, Valletta
Died March 17, 2005, Warwickshire (aged 71 years 228 days)
Major teams Barbarians, British and Irish Lions, British and Irish Lions XV, Scotland
Relations Son - JRE Campbell-Lamerton
|British and Irish Lions||1962-1966||8||8||0||3||1||0||0||0||0||2||5||1||31.25|
|Test debut||France v Scotland at Colombes, Jan 7, 1961 match details|
|Last Test||New Zealand v British and Irish Lions at Christchurch, Aug 27, 1966 match details|
|Test Statsguru||Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most points | Most tries | Tournament list|
A former Scotland and British & Irish Lions captain, Mike Campbell-Lamerton is a man who led many lives in one lifetime.
He was born into an army family in Malta and served the Duke of Wellington's regiment all over the world and broke his leg in one incident jumping from a helicopter. He also lost out on a Victoria Cross to another Scottish rugby international, David Gilbert-Smith, at the battle of Hook in the Korean War in 1953.
Both men, then Lieutenants, regained high ground in an attempt to avoid enemy fire but only one man could be awarded the prestigious medal and it went to the elder officer. Campbell-Lamerton went on to become a Colonel and in 1979 he received an OBE.
He made his Scotland debut in 1961 against France as a second-row forward and the following year he toured with the British & Irish Lions in an unfamiliar role at No.8 as the elite tourists were beaten 3-0 in the Tests.
Four years later Campbell-Lamerton was the Lions' captain and led the side to a 2-0 series victory in Australia but on the same tour his career ended unceremoniously when he dropped himself as captain, believing he was not getting the best out of his players.
He only played in two of the Tests as the Lions received their first ever four match series whitewash. The 35 game tour, including a trip to Canada, clearly took its toll and the 19-6 defeat in Christchurch was to be Campbell-Lamerton's last international.
He has three sons who have all played for London Scottish and his son, Jeremy, played three Tests for Scotland in the 1980s.