On his seventieth birthday congratulations flowed in from many quarters.
On -the occasion of his seventieth birthday he was honoured with the title of Geheimrath.
On his seventieth birthday, 1896 (during which year he started on an expedition to Malaysia), he was presented with a volume of essays composed by the most distinguished ethnologists in celebration of the event and dedicated to him.
When in his seventieth year, Ferguson, intending to prepare a new edition of the history, visited Italy and some of the principal cities of Europe, where he was received with honour by learned societies.
He died of gangrene of the leg in his seventieth year.