Lumsden. Private Investiture at Windsor Castle Maj Gen Sir Peter Lumsden with GCB, 1885


A printed folio sheet titled Private Investiture of the Under-named Orders at Windsor Castle, the 4th of July, 1885. Under the heading of Order of the Bath Major-General Sir Peter Stark Lumsden is listed as the sole military recipient of the insignia of a Knight Grand Cross. The other four civil GCBs were being given to Lord Aberdare, the Marquess of Normanby, Viscount Eversley, Viscount Sherbrooke. Faint horizontal fold marks. An unusual ephemeral survival.  mar1/4 SOLD 3rd March 2023

Provenance: From a large archive of the General’s papers passed down through descendants of his brother, General Sir Harry Lumsden. Lumsden himself had no children.

General Sir Peter Stark Lumsden, G.C.B., C.S.I.. A.D.C. [1829-1918] had a very distinguished career in India, China, and Afghanistan and was the author of the standard work on his brother’s regiment Lumsden of the Guides. He joined the Bengal Army in 1847 and first saw action on the N.W.F. in 1851. In 1857 he was on a special mission to Kandahar and served in the China War with Napier., Bhutan War 1854, QMG India 1868-72, acting Resident Hyderabad 1873, Chief of the Staff in India in 1879 and headed the British Commission for the Demarcation of the N. W. Boundary of Afghanistan 1884-5.  He was made G.C.B. and an ADC to Queen Victoria.