His tenure witnessed Kuka revolt in 1872.
When the British Resident at Baroda lost his life under suspicious circumstances, Northbrook dispossessed Malhar Rao Gaikawar from the throne of Baroda.
It was during Lord Northbrook’s administration that the Prince of Wales came to visit India.
During his administration a terrible famine broke out in Bihar (1873-74).
In 1876 Lord Northbrook resigned his office due to his differences with the British Cabinet.