|Born||1 January 1818
|Died||23 June 1878
Shooter's Hill, London
|Buried at||Grange Cemetery, Edinburgh|
|Unit||93rd Regiment of Foot|
|Awards|| Victoria Cross
Order of the Medjidieh (Ottoman Empire)
Major-General William McBean VC (1 January 1818 – 23 June 1878) was a Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
He was 40 years old, and a lieutenant in the 93rd Regiment of Foot (later Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders - Princess Louise's), British Army during the Indian Mutiny when the following deed took place at Lucknow, India for which he was awarded the VC.
Lieutenant and Adjutant, (now Captain) William McBean
Date of Act of Bravery, 11th March, 1858
For distinguished personal bravery in killing eleven of the enemy with his own hand in the main breach of the Begum Bagh at Lucknow, on the 11th March, 1858.
He held every rank from private to major general.
- Monuments to Courage (David Harvey, 1999)
- The Register of the Victoria Cross (This England, 1997)
- Scotland's Forgotten Valour (Graham Ross, 1995)