Herbert MacPherson

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Sir Herbert MacPherson
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Sir Herbert MacPherson
Born 22 January 1827
Ardersier, Inverness-shire
Died 20 October 1886 (aged 59)
Prone, Burma
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
 British Indian Army
Rank Lieutenant-General
Unit 78th Highlanders
Bengal Staff Corps
Commands held Madras Army
Battles/wars Anglo-Persian War
Indian Mutiny
Second Anglo-Afghan War
1882 Anglo-Egyptian War
Third Anglo-Burmese War
Awards Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png 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.

Commanded during the Jowaki Campaign in 1877. Commanded a Division on the NW Frontier during the 2nd Afghan War and led it throughout Lord Roberts Afghan campaign (Kabul - Kandahar). Commanded the Indian Army Brigade at Tel-El-Kebir (1882 Egypt)

(Extract from Field Force Orders of the late Major-General Havelock, dated 17th October, 1857.)[1]

Further information[edit]

He became Commander-in-Chief of the Madras Army in March 1886 and died in office,[2] on the Irrawaddy, on 20 October 1886.[3]


In 1859, he married Maria Eckford, daughter of Lieutenant-general James Eckford, C.B.[3]

The medal[edit]

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Regimental Museum of Queens Own Highlanders at Fort George, Inverness-shire, Scotland.[4]


  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 22154. p. 2957. 18 June 1858. Retrieved 18 September 2009.
  2. ^ The India List and India Office List
  3. ^ a b  Chichester, Henry Manners (1893). "Macpherson, Herbert Taylor". In Lee, Sidney. Dictionary of National Biography 35. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 
  4. ^ British medals

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Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Frederick Roberts
C-in-C, Madras Army
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Arbuthnot