Grant Lt. Col. George

Grant Lt. Col. George

Male 1834 - 1911

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  • Born  6 Aug 1834  Banff Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  2 Oct 1911  Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I97  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  4 Sep 2013 

    Father  Grant Rev Peter,   b. 1796,   d. 4 Jun 1864, Sanday, Isle of Eigg Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Smith Isabella,   b. 27 May 1811, Inveravon, Banff, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Nov 1865 
    Married  26 Aug 1830  Parish of Inveravon Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F38  Group Sheet

    Family  Hathaway Amy Florence,   b. 1854, india Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Oct 1937, Bromley, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1874  Bath, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    >1. Grant Lt. Col. George Patrick,   b. 22 Sep 1876, Fatehgarh, United Provinces, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 May 1955, Woodbridge, Suffolk Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Grant Isabella
     3. Grant Arthur
     4. Grant Charles W,   d. 1894
    Last Modified  23 Feb 2013 
    Family ID  F37  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 6 Aug 1834 - Banff Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1874 - Bath, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 2 Oct 1911 - Hampshire Link to Google Earth
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    Brigade Surgeon Lt Colonel George Grant, Indian Medical Service
    Brigade Surgeon Lt Colonel George Grant, Indian Medical Service
    This photo was taken from his Obituary in the Celtic Monthly magazine, Feb 1912
    1891 Census record for George Grant and his family in Camberwell, London
    1891 Census record for George Grant and his family in Camberwell, London
    Memorial to George Grant in the porch of the church his father built on the Isle of Eigg.
    Memorial to George Grant in the porch of the church his father built on the Isle of Eigg.
    George retained a life-long attachment to Eigg
    The Manse on the Isle of Eigg
    The Manse on the Isle of Eigg
    Eigg Manse viewed from behind with a view over to the mainland. It was built in 1790 and then extended in the 1889 so that was probably when the two wings were added, after the Grant family lived there. It's now derelict inside, and is in a bad state of repair, having been held on to by the last owner of Eigg, Schellenburg, for about 20 years and since sold to an absentee crocter on the island who stores farm equipment in the ground floor.
    A 22 tonne Bristol Cutter called 'Madcap', built in 1875
    A 22 tonne Bristol Cutter called 'Madcap', built in 1875
    probably not unlike the ship George owned in later years in Scotland

  • Notes 
    • George grew up the eldest son of the minister on the Isle of Eigg in the western islands. He grew up sailing and fishing, and then left the highlands to be an army doctor in India, rising to be Brigade Surgeon Lieutenant in the Indian Medical Service. His interest in India may well have started due to the McPherson family which owned the island having many cousins from India who would come and holiday on the island.
      He retained his love of the highlands, after retiring back to live in London, and seems to have kept a house on Eigg.

      Obituary in the Celtic Monthly, Feb 1912:

      'Colonel Grant was a strong man, physically and morally; a man of high principle, reliable in all his undertakings; and though unnassuming was posessed of a quiet dignity that made it impossible to ever take a liberty with him. At times his natural seriousness made him seem a little sombre, but he had a ready appreciation of humour, and keenly enjoyed a good story or a bit of dry, scotch wit...

      No record of colonel Grant, however slight, could pass over his love of sailing. Though loyally interested in all that pertained to his native part of Scotland where his forebears had lived fro generations [Speyside, Banffshire], it was invariably to the West Coast that he turned for rest and recreation when from time to time he came back from India on furlough. He was a born sailor, and aided by the skill and daring of his brother, who equally with himslef had a lifelong enthusiasm for the sea, he delighted ion cruising among the islands he knew so well.

      On these occassions a small yatch would be hired for a couple of months, and two reliable islanders engaged to work her under the critical eye of the brothers, who were past masters in the art of sailing such craft. More than once it was an old schooner - rigged 14 tonner that carried them safely over their adventurous voyage, which usually included going round the Mull of Kintyre and crossing the Minch to the Outer Hebrides...

      when Colonel Grant retired from the service his cruise became an annual thing, and he soon possessed an excellent little 20 tonne cutter of his own. He lived in England but his yatch was never taken there. He was such a devoted Scot that he would have found no delight in yatching in English waters. the "Aleina" was kept safely anchored in the Holy Loch during the winter, and from the Clyde they always started on their northern cruise, neither brother ever dreaming of slipping the yatch comfortably through the Crinan canal and avoiding the formidable Mull.

      Many a fearful battering did they get off that famous headland, many a storm did they encounter among the islands, many a treacherous squall fell upon them from the peaks of Rum or the Cuchullins; but these grand struggles with wind and wave were just what colonel Grant and his brother loved, and however rough and critical their experiences might be, the following summer found them both equally eager to set out again for their wild Archipelago.

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      The Grant family get mentioned in a history of the island called 'Eigg - the story of an island' in the following passages.

      "Fishing on Eigg was lagging far behind Muck where the new owner, Captain Swinburne had established a salt depot and equipped the islanders with smacks capable of fishing Rockall, but it was catching up, especially since the arrival of Rev Grant and his son to the parish in 1848. Grant added to his income by catching basking sharks, and island tradition recalls how in the summer months the minister's smack would often be seen to divert it's course in pursuit of a shark whilst on its way to a church service in the other islands! George Grant the minister's eldest son, who had retired to Eigg from the Indian Medical Service, was now employing a crew of islanders to catch herring and gurnard on long lines. Fish were so plentiful that in one afternoon George Grant and two others managed to catch 494 gurnards with only 3 hooks!...

      ...The Edgeworth diaries made much of the polite social intercourse between the MacPhersons and their tenant farmers: The MacLeans in Kiell, as Kildonan was then called, the Stewarts at Laig, the minister and his family. The schoolmaster and the priest were also guests at Neag na Feannaig where 'reeling in the parlour' provided an agreeable distraction from reading novels and studying botany, when the young Grants occasionally dropped in with a fiddler...

      source: P.88-89 'Eigg the story of an island' by Camille Dressler, 1998, Polygon, Edinburgh.

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      1891 Census:
      George Grant, age 56, retired army Surgeon, born Scotland, lives with his wife Amy F Grant age 37, born East Indies at Fairfield, Alleyn Park in Camberwell, London.
      With them live daughter Isabella K, age 16, born East Indies, son George P age 14, born East Indies, and son Charles W, age 12, born East Indies.
      Also living with them are 3 domestic servants.

      1901 Census:
      the Grant family live at No16 Alleyn Back, Camberwell
      George Grant is head of family, aged 66, retired Brigade Surgeon, born in Scotland
      Amy F Grant, his wife, is aged 46, born in India
      George P Grant, son, is aged 24, a lieutenant in the British Army, born India
      2 servants live in the house

      1911 Census:
      George Grant, age 76, Brigade Surgeon (Retired), born Glenlivet Banffshire, lives at Boreabole[?] Denbridge Rd, Beckley, in a 12 room house. His wife Amy Florence Grant, age 57, born Punjab India, also there, along with two domestic servants.



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