The Amherst Family Medals

Date of Auction: 18th June 2020

Sold for £3,000

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,400

Pair: Captain The Hon. Hugh Amherst, Coldstream Guards, who served in the Guards Camel Regiment at Abu Klea, and afterwards succeeded to the title as 4th Earl Amherst

Egypt and Sudan 1882-89, 2 clasps, The Nile 1884-85, Abu Klea (Lieut: Hon: H. Amherst. Coldm. Gds.) official correction to initial which also affects the letter on either side; Khedive’s Star 1884-6, mounted as worn, edge bruising at 6 o’clock, otherwise good very fine (2) £1,000-£1,400


Provenance: Collection of the late Major Sir Torquhil Matheson.

Hugh Amherst was born in London on 30 January 1856, fifth and youngest son of 2nd Earl Amherst. He was appointed Ensign in the 105th Foot on 11 February 1875, and transferred to the 7th Fusiliers, as Lieutenant, on 29 January 1876. He transferred to the Coldstream Guards on 5 September 1877. He served in the Nile Expedition in 1884-85 with the Guards Camel Regiment, and was present at the actions at Abu Klea and El Gubat (Medal with two Clasps, and Khedive’s Star). Promoted to Captain and Adjutant on 16 March 1887, and retired on an Annuity on 23 July 1890. He married in 1896, Hon. Eleanor Clementina St Aubyn, daughter of 1st Baron St Levan, by whom he had two sons and two daughters. He succeeded his eldest brother as 4th Earl Amherst in 1910, and died on 7 March 1927.

Sold with a large quantity of research and photographs, including lengthy extracts transcribed from his journal kept during the Nile Expedition 1884-85.