1873 Birthday Honours

The 1873 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 24 May 1873.[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

Order of bath star
Civilian star of the Knight Grand Cross of the 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
  • General Edward Armstrong, Madras Infantry
  • Lieutenant-General Maurice Barlow
  • Lieutenant-General Matthew Smith
  • Lieutenant-General Henry Bates
  • Lieutenant-General George Staunton
  • Lieutenant-General James Travers VC Bengal Infantry
  • Major-General John Leslie Dennis
  • Major-General James Abbott, Royal (late Bengal) Artillery
  • Major-General John Stafford Paton, Bengal Staff Corps
  • Major-General Charles Elmhirst
  • Major-General Sir James Edward Alexander
  • Major-General Charles Arthur Barwell, Bengal Staff Corps
  • Major-General William Henry March, retired, Royal Marines
  • Colonel Charles Tyrwhitt
  • Colonel George Calvert Clarke, late 2nd Dragoons
  • Colonel Frederick Amelius Whimper
  • Colonel Edmund Augustus Whitmore
  • Colonel John Josiah Hort, Brigade Depot
  • Colonel James Croft Brooke, late 8th Regiment
  • Colonel Frederick Robert Elrington, Rifle Depot
  • Colonel Percy Archer Butler, late 28th Regiment
  • Colonel William Sankey, 62nd Regiment
  • Colonel Lord Augustus Charles Lennox FitzRoy
  • Colonel William James Loftus, late 38th Regiment
  • Colonel Henry Meade Hamilton, Brigade Depot
  • Colonel Michael Anthony Shrapnel Biddulph, Royal Artillery
  • Colonel Bartholomew O'Brien, Brigade Depot
  • Colonel Cadwallader Adams, 49th Regiment
  • Colonel Henry Hamilton Maxwell, Royal (late Bengal) Artillery
  • Colonel Robert White, Brigade Depot
  • Colonel Charles Edward Parke Gordon, late 75th Regiment
  • Colonel David Scott Dodgson, Bengal Infantry
  • Colonel William James Esten Grant, Royal Artillery
  • Colonel John Desborough, Royal Artillery
  • Colonel Robert Cadell, Royal (late Madras) Artillery
  • Colonel Charles Malcolm Barrow, Bombay Staff Corps
  • Colonel Alfred Bassano, late 82nd Regiment
  • Colonel Arthur Howlett, Madras Staff Corps
  • Colonel Frederick William Burroughs, 93rd Regiment
  • Colonel George Whittle Mackenzie Hall, Bengal Staff Corps
  • Colonel Peter Stark Lumsden CSI Bengal Staff Corps
  • Colonel Shurlock Henning, 38th Regiment
  • Colonel John Hamilton Cox, late 75th Regiment
  • Colonel Arthur Bunny, Royal (late Bengal) Artillery
  • Colonel Charles Butler Peter Nugent Hodges Nugent, Royal Engineers
  • Lieutenant-Colonel William John Williams, Royal Artillery
  • Lieutenant-Colonel John Irvine Murray, Bengal Staff Corps
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Baigrie, Bombay Staff Corps
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Dominick Sarsfield Greene, Royal Artillery
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Frederick Richard Maunsell, Royal (late Bengal) Engineers
  • Inspector-General of Hospitals and Fleets John Rees (retired)
  • Inspector-General of Hospitals Richard Dane
  • Inspector-General of Hospitals Benjamin William Marlow
  • Surgeon-Major John Wyatt, Coldstream Guards
  • Deputy Controller Randolph Routh
  • Deputy Controller Henry Bartlett
  • Deputy Controller Alexander Crowder Crookshank

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)

Companion (CSI)

  • John Forbes David Inglis, Bengal Civil Service, Senior Member of the Board of Revenue, North-West Provinces, and additional Member of the Council of the Governor-General of India for making Laws and Regulations
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Alexander Campbell McNeill, late Madras Staff Corps, formerly Agent to the Governor-General in Orissa
  • John Ware Edgar, Bengal Civil Service, Deputy Commissioner, Cachar, late Political Officer attached to the Looshai Expeditionary Force


  1. ^ "No. 23979". The London Gazette. 24 May 1873. pp. 2583–2584.
Charles Eden (Royal Navy officer)

Admiral Sir Charles Eden, (3 July 1808 – 7 March 1878) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Second Naval Lord.

George Bowles (British Army officer)

General Sir George Bowles (27 January 1787 – 21 May 1876) was a British general, colonel of the 1st West India Regiment, and lieutenant of the Tower of London.

Bowles was second son of William and Dinah Bowles of Heale House, Wiltshire, where he was born in 1787. His mother was the third daughter of Admiral Sir Thomas Frankland, 5th Baronet.He entered the army as ensign in the Coldstream guards in 1804, and served with that corps in the north of Germany in 1805-6, at Copenhagen in 1807, in the Peninsula and south of France from 1809 to 1814, excepting the winters of 1810 and 1811, and in the Waterloo campaign, being present at the passage of the Douro, the battles of Talavera, Salamanca, and Vittoria, the capture of Madrid, the sieges of Ciudad Rodrigo, Badajos, Burgos, and San Sebastian, the passages of the Nive, Nivelle, and Adour, the investment of Bayonne, the battles of Quatre Bras and Waterloo, and the occupation of Paris. When a brevet-major he served as military secretary to the Duke of Richmond in Canada in 1818-20, and as deputy adjutant-general in the West Indies from 1820 to 1825. While with his battalion of the Coldstreams in Canada, as lieutenant-colonel and brevet-colonel, he commanded the troops in the Lower Province during the rebellion of 1838. He retired on half-pay in 1843.

In 1845 Bowles, who while on half-pay had been comptroller of the viceregal household in Dublin, was appointed master of the queen's household, in succession to the Hon. Charles Murray. A good deal of invidious feeling had arisen in connection with the duties of the office, and Bowles's appointment is said to have been made at the recommendation of the Duke of Wellington. He was promoted to the rank of major-general in 1846, and on his resignation of his appointment in the royal household, on account of ill-health, in 1851, was made Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath and appointed lieutenant of the Tower of London. He was appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath in the 1873 Birthday Honours.Bowles, who was unmarried, died at his residence in Berkeley Street, Berkeley Square, London, on 21 May 1876, in the ninetieth year of his age.

John Irvine Murray

General Sir John Irvine Murray, (31 July 1826 – 20 May 1902) was a Scottish commanding officer of the British Indian Army.Murray was the son of James Murray of Denholm and Margaret Irvine.He joined the British Indian Army in 1842, serving in the Punjabi campaign of 1848–49. During the Indian Rebellion of 1857, while a captain serving with the Gwalior Contingent, he raised and commanded the famed "Murray's Jat Lancers" (later known as the 14th Bengal Lancers). His regiment participated in a number of actions in 1857–58, especially at Meerut, Delhi and Lucknow.Murray's Lancers subsequently served in the Bhutan Field Force and formed part of the cavalry brigade of the Kabul Field Force during the 1878–79 Afghanistan War. In the second Oudh campaign and the operations on the Nepal frontier, he was in command of the regiment, and commanded a column in the final operations in Nepal.He was mentioned in despatches three times, and promoted to the brevet rank of major. For his services in the Bhutan War, 1864–65, he was appointed a Companion or the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 1873 Birthday Honours. He retired after commanding the Lahore division and was knighted in the same order (KCB) in the 1897 Diamond Jubilee Honours.

John Ware Edgar

Sir John Ware Edgar (16 September 1839 - 4 June 1902) was a British colonial administrator in British India.

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