Lumsden. Return of insignia of KCB by Maj Gen Sir Peter Lumsden with GCB, 1885


 A printed letter with insertions in a fine secretarial hand to Major Genl. Sir Peter Lumsden, G.C.B. forming a receipt for the return of the Riband and Badge and Star of the Military Division pf Order of the Bath heretofore worn by him as a Knight Commander of the Most Honorable Order. It is addressed from College of Arms, Queen Victoria Street and dated 16th November 1885 and is signed Albert W. Woodd Garter. It was the case in Victorian times that the higher ranks of orders were returnable although they could sometimes be kept for a fee.  mar13/1    SOLD 18th 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.