1871 Birthday Honours

The 1871 Birthday Honours were appointments by Queen Victoria to various orders and honours to reward and highlight good works by citizens of the British Empire. The appointments were made to celebrate the official birthday of the Queen, and were published in The London Gazette on 20 May 1871.[1]

The recipients of honours are displayed here as they were styled before their new honour, and arranged by honour, with classes (Knight, Knight Grand Cross, etc.) and then divisions (Military, Civil, etc.) as appropriate.

United Kingdom and British Empire

The Most Honourable Order of the Bath

Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath (GCB)

Royal Navy

Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB)

Royal Navy

Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB)

Royal Navy
  • Colonel Edward Herbert Maxwell, 88th Regiment
  • Colonel Edward Kaye, Royal (late Bengal) Artillery
  • Colonel William Gordon
  • Colonel George Harry Smith Willis
  • Colonel Charles Vyvyan Cox, Royal (late Bengal) Artillery
  • Colonel George Wentworth Alexander Higginson, Grenadier Guards
  • Colonel William Boyle, 89th Regiment
  • Colonel Robert William Lowry, 47th Regiment
  • Colonel John Black Spurgin CSI 102nd Regiment
  • Colonel Robert John Eagar, 31st Regiment
  • Colonel the Honourable Hussey Fane Keane, Royal Engineers
  • Colonel Alexander Caesar Hawkins, Royal Artillery
  • Colonel Richard Parke, Royal Marines
  • Colonel Fairfax Charles Hassard, Royal Engineers
  • Colonel George Shaw, Royal Artillery
  • Colonel John Chetham McLeod, 42nd Regiment
  • Colonel Sir Seymour John Blane Bt late Rifle Brigade
  • Colonel James Clerk Rattray, 90th Regiment
  • Colonel Thomas Wright, Bengal Staff Corps
  • Colonel Charles George Arbuthnot, Royal Artillery
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Howard Craufurd Elphinstone CB (Civil)CMG VC Royal Engineers
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Henry Palliser, Bengal Staff Corps
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Walter Fane, Madras Staff Corps
  • Inspector-General of Hospitals Joshua Paynter
  • Deputy Inspector-General of Hospitals Richard James O'Flaherty
  • Surgeon-Major John Ashton Bostock Scots Fusilier Guards
  • Controller William Henry Maturin
  • Colonel William Manley Hall Dixon, of the Royal Artillery, Superintendent of the Royal Small Arms Factory
  • Deputy Controller Ben Hay Martindale
  • Assistant Controller Joseph Osbertus Hamley

The Most Exalted Order of the Star of India

GCSI star
Star of a Knight Grand Commander of the Most Exalted Order of the Star of India

Knight Grand Commander (GCSI)

Knight Commander (KCSI)

  • The Nawab Mohsin-ood-Dowlah Bahadoor of Oude
  • His Highness Mohubut Khan, Nawab of Joonaghur
  • Major-General George Inglis Jameson, Bombay Army, late President of the Military Finance Commission for India, Auditor of the Accounts of the Department of the Secretary of State for India in Council
  • John William Kaye, formerly of the Bengal Artillery, now Secretary in the Political and Secret Department of the Office of the Secretary of State for India in Council
  • Henry Sumner Maine, late Member of the Council of the Governor-General of India

Companion (CSI)

  • Khajah Abdool Gunny, of Dacca, late Member of the Council of the Lieutenant-Governor of Bengal for making Laws and Regulations
  • Vembankum Ramiergar, Member of the Council of the Governor of Madras for making Laws and Regulations
  • Istakant Shungoony Menon, Dewan of His Highness the Rajah of Cochin
  • Mir Shaharaut Ali, Superintendent of the State of Rutlam in Central India
  • Mahomed Akram Khan, Nawab of Amb
  • Sir Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy Bt late Member of the Council of the Governor of Bombay for making Laws and Regulations
  • Munguldass Nuthoobhoy, Member of the Council of the Governor of Bombay for making Laws and Regulations
  • Lionel Robert Ashburner, Bombay Civil Service, Collector and Magistrate of Kandeish
  • Major-General Alexander Cunningham, late Bengal Army, Director-General of the Archaeological Survey of India


  1. ^ "No. 23739". The London Gazette. 20 May 1871. pp. 2473–2474.
George Higginson

General Sir George Wentworth Alexander Higginson, (21 June 1826 – 1 February 1927) was a British Army officer and veteran of the Crimean War who served more than 30 years in the Grenadier Guards.

Lionel Robert Ashburner

Lionel Robert Ashburner (1827 in Tasmania – 1907 in Marylebone, London) was the Acting governor of Bombay during the British Raj from 13 March 1880 to 28 April 1880.

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