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Sir Herbert Taylor MacPherson
22 January 1827 – 20 October 1886
Victoria Cross Medal without Bar.png
Place of birth Ardersier, Inverness-shire
Place of death Prone, Burma
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
British Indian Army
Rank Major-General
Unit 78th Highlanders
Bengal Staff Corps
Battles/wars Anglo-Persian War
Indian Mutiny
Second Anglo-Afghan War
1882 Anglo-Egyptian War
Third Anglo-Burmese War
Awards Victoria Cross
Order of the Bath
Order of the Star of India

Major-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.

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


Further information

He later achieved the rank of major general.

The medal

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


  1. ^ London Gazette: no. 22154, p. 2957, 18 June 1858. Retrieved on 18 September 2009.


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