|Sir Herbert MacPherson|
Sir Herbert MacPherson
|Born||22 January 1827
|Died||20 October 1886 (aged 59)
|Service/branch|| British Army
British Indian Army
Bengal Staff Corps
|Commands held||Madras Army|
Second Anglo-Afghan War
1882 Anglo-Egyptian War
Third Anglo-Burmese War
|Awards|| Victoria Cross
Order of the Bath
Order of the Star of India
Lieutenant-General Sir Herbert Taylor MacPherson VC GCB KCSI (22 January 1827 – 20 October 1886) 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 30 years old, and a lieutenant in the 78th Highlanders (later The Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs, Duke of Albany's), British Army during the Indian Mutiny when the following deed took place on 25 September 1857 at siege of Lucknow for which he was awarded the VC:
For distinguished conduct at Lucknow, on the 25th September, 1857, in setting an example of heroic gallantry to the men of the regiment, at the period of the action, in which they captured two brass nine-pounders at the point of the bayonet.
(Extract from Field Force Orders of the late Major-General Havelock, dated 17th October, 1857.)
He became Commander-in-Chief of the Madras Army https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/major-general-herbert-taylor-macpherson-18271886-vc-c-1886-182648  in March 1886 and died in office, on the Irrawaddy, on 20 October 1886.
- "No. 22154". The London Gazette. 18 June 1858. p. 2957.
- Major General Herbert Taylor MacPherson (1827–1886), VC, c.1886 Edward Deanes (active c.1860–1912) and Edmund Havell the younger (1819–1894) Portrait at National Army Museum, London SW3 4HT acquired as a gift from Mrs Nancy Clare de Ferry Foster, 1995
- Major General Herbert Taylor MacPherson (1827–1886), VC, c.1886 Edward Deanes (active c.1860–1912) and Edmund Havell the younger (1819–1894) Portrait at National Army Museum, London acquired as a gift from Mrs Nancy Clare de Ferry Foster, 1995
- The India List and India Office List
- Chichester, Henry Manners (1893). "Macpherson, Herbert Taylor". In Lee, Sidney. Dictionary of National Biography. 35. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
- British medals
- Chichester, H. M.; Falkner, James. "Macpherson, Sir Herbert Taylor (1827–1886)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/17726. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
- Britishmedals profile
- Monuments to Courage (David Harvey, 1999)
- The Register of the Victoria Cross (This England, 1997)
- Scotland's Forgotten Valour (Graham Ross, 1995)
Sir Frederick Roberts
|C-in-C, Madras Army
Sir Charles Arbuthnot