His early education was at the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle. At the age of eleven, he went to sea as a volunteer on board the frigate HMS Shannon under the command of his cousin Captain Richard Brathwaite, who took charge of his nautical education. During the Battle of Trafalgar, Collingwood was captured by French naval forces, but released after the ? was signed on ?, bringing an end to the First Great War. Collingwood died on March 7, 1810 after being murdered by an pro-French supporter in London.