1878 Birthday Honours

The 1878 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 in May 1878.[1][2][3]

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

Viscount and Earl

  • The Right Honourable Thomas George, Lord Northbrook GCB GCSI lately Her Majesty's Viceroy and Governor-General of India, by the names, styles, and titles of Viscount Baring, of Lee, in the county of Kent, and Earl of Northbrook, in the county of Southampton


Knight Bachelor

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)

Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB)

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 Commander (KCSI)

  • The Honourable Ashley Eden CSI Lieutenant-Governor of Bengal
  • Stuart Colvin Bayley CSI Bengal Civil Service, Secretary to the Government of Bengal in the Judicial and Political Departments

Companion (CSI)

  • James Gibbs, Bombay Civil Service, Member of the Council of the Governor of Bombay
  • Colonel Charles James Merriman, Royal (late Bombay) Engineers, Superintending Engineer for Irrigation in Sind
  • James Bellett Richey, Bombay Civil Service, Extra First Assistant to the Collector and Magistrate of Kaira for the Panch Mahals
  • Lieutenant-Colonel William Scott Drever, Madras Staff Corps, Commissioner, Madras Town Police
  • John Henry Garstin, Madras Civil Service, Collector and Magistrate, South Arcot
  • Robert Davidson, Madras Civil Service, District and Sessions Judge, Chingleput
  • Charles Alfred Elliott, Bengal Civil Service, Commissioner of Revenue and Circuit, North-Western Provinces
  • Major Colin Campbell Scott Moncrieff, Royal (late Bengal) Engineers, Chief Engineer, Mysore and Coorg

The Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George

GCMG star
Star of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George

Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG)

Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG)

  • Albert Smith, Minister of the Marine for the Dominion of Canada, and lately employed in connection with the Halifax Fisheries Commission
  • Henry Turner Irving CMG Governor of the Island of Trinidad
  • Sanford Freeling CMG Governor of the Gold Coast Colony
  • Sir James Milne Wilson Kt lately Premier of the Colony of Tasmania, and now President of the Legislative Council of that Colony
  • John Hay, President of the Legislative Council of the Colony of New South Wales
  • Archibald Michie QC formerly Attorney-General and Minister of Justice in the Colony of Victoria, and now Agent-General in England for that Colony
  • Frederick B. T. Carter, late Premier and Attorney-General of the Island of Newfoundland

Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)

  • Anthony O'Grady Lefroy, Treasurer of the Colony of Western Australia
  • Doctor Francis Reid, Chief Medical Officer of the Island of Mauritius
  • George Henry Kendrick Thwaites, Director of the Botanical Gardens in the Island of Ceylon
  • Colonel William Acland Douglas Anderson, in Command of the Local Military Forces in the Colony of Victoria
  • Henry Halloran, Principal Under-Secretary for the Colony of New South Wales
  • Timothy Darling, Senior Unofficial Member of the Executive Council of the Bahama Islands
  • Colville Arthur Durell Barclay, formerly of Mauritius, and lately Auditor-General of the Island of Ceylon
  • Colonel George Pomeroy Colley CB for services in Natal and South Africa
  • Captain Francis W. Sullivan CB RN Commodore on the Cape and African Station
  • Captain Warren, Royal Engineers, Boundary Commissioner, Griqualand West
  • Captain Matthew J. Blyth, Resident Magistrate, Griqualand East
  • Captain Charles Mills, Assistant Colonial Secretary, Cape of Good Hope


  1. ^ "No. 24327". The London Gazette. 19 May 1876. p. 3040.
  2. ^ "No. 24586". The London Gazette. 25 May 1878. p. 3300.
  3. ^ "No. 24588". The London Gazette. 31 May 1878. p. 3363.
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