Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria

To be Sold on: 13th January 2021

Estimate: £700 - £900

Sold for: £1,400

A C.I.E. pair awarded to Lieutenant-Colonel J. J. Macleod, Behar Light Horse

The Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire, C.I.E., Companion’s 2nd type breast badge, gold and enamel, with integral top suspension brooch, in Garrard, London, case of issue; Volunteer Officer’s Decoration, V.R.I. cypher, silver and silver-gilt, hallmarks for Birmingham 1894, the reverse inscribed ‘Major J. J. Macleod, Behar Light Horse’, with integral top riband bar, nearly extremely fine (2) £700-£900

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A C.I.E. pair awarded to Lieutenant-Colonel J. J. Macleod, Behar Light Horse

The Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire, C.I.E., Companion’s 2nd type breast badge, gold and enamel, with integral top suspension brooch, in Garrard, London, case of issue; Volunteer Officer’s Decoration, V.R.I. cypher, silver and silver-gilt, hallmarks for Birmingham 1894, the reverse inscribed ‘Major J. J. Macleod, Behar Light Horse’, with integral top riband bar, nearly extremely fine (2) £700-£900
Provenance: Richard Magor Collection, Dix Noonan Webb, July 2003.

James John Macleod was born at Snizort, Isle of Skye, on 9 November 1891, the fourth surviving son of the Reverend R. Macleod of Snizort. He was educated at the Edinburgh Institution and University of Edinburgh, and became an indigo planter at Tirhoot, India. He joined the Behar Light Horse in October 1873, becoming Major in June 1884 and Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel in September 1895. He received the Volunteer Decoration in January 1895 and was created a Companion of the Indian Empire in May 1895, in recognition of his being a leading indigo planter and a prominent member of the Behar Light Horse, having officiated as Commandant on several occasions. He died on 24 February 1919.