1879 Birthday Honours

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The 1879 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 1879.[1][2]

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[edit]

The Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George[edit]

Star of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George

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

  • The Right Honourable Lord Lyons GCB DCL Her Majesty's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the French Republic
  • The Right Honourable Lord Odo William Leopold Russell GCB Her Majesty's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to His Majesty the German Emperor, King of Prussia
  • Sir Antonio Micallef KCMG President of the Court of Appeal in the Island of Malta

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

Honorary Knight Commander
  • His Excellency Rachad Pacha, late Governor of Gallipoli

Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)[edit]

  • James Armstrong, Chief Justice of the Island of Saint Lucia
  • Colonel Henry Wray, Royal Engineers, lately Commanding Royal Engineers in Malta, and specially employed in directing the Drainage Works of Malta
  • Colonel Peter Henry Scratchley, Royal Engineers, specially employed in Superintending Works of Defence in the Australian Colonies
  • Lieutenant-Colonel John Terence Nicolls O'Brien, Inspector-General of Police, Mauritius
  • Major John Frederick Adolphus McNair RA Colonial Engineer and Surveyor-General, Straits Settlements
  • Christopher Rolleston, Auditor-General of New South Wales
  • Edward Richardson, formerly Minister of Public Works, New Zealand
  • William James Mudie Larnach, lately Treasurer of New Zealand
  • Thomas Berkeley Hardtman-Berkeley, Member of the Executive Council of Saint Christopher and Vice-President of the Federal Council of the Leeward Islands
  • William Brandford Griffith, Auditor-General, Barbados
  • Patrick Jennings, Executive Commissioner for the Industrial Exhibition, New South Wales
  • Joseph Henderson, of Natal, selected as Commissioner to inquire into the Finances of the Transvaal
  • Hugh Low, British Resident at Perak, in the Malay Peninsula
  • George Bentham FRS FLS of Victoria, author of the Flora Australiensis[3]


  1. ^ "No. 24726". The London Gazette. 24 May 1879. pp. 3597–3598.
  2. ^ "The Queen's Birthday". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 24 May 1879. p. 10.
  3. ^ "No. 24730". The London Gazette. 3 June 1879. p. 3730.