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CHARLES GRANT (1746-1823)

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Originally appearing in Volume V12, Page 353 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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CHARLES GRANT (1746-1823), British politician, was born at Aldourie, Inverness-shire, on the 16th of April 1746, the day on which his father, Alexander Grant, was killed whilst fighting for the Jacobites at Culloden. When a young man Charles went to India, where he became secretary, and later a member of the board of trade. He returned to Scotland in 1790, and in 1802 was elected to parliament as member for the county of Inverness. In the House of Commons his chief interests were in Indian affairs, and he was especially vigorous in his hostility to the policy of the Marquess Wellesley. In 18o5 he was chosen chairman of the directors of the East India Company and he retired from parliament in ,818. A friend of William Wilberforce, Grant was a prominent member of the evangelical party in the Church of England; he was a generous supporter of the church's missionary undertakings. He was largely responsible for the establishment of the East India college, which was afterwards erected at Haileybury. He died in London on the 31st of October 1823. His eldest son, Charles, was created a peer in 1835 as Baron Glenelg. See Henry Morris, Life of Charles Grant (19o4).
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Charles Grants father, Alexander Grant's nickname was the "Swordsman" because of his skill with that weapon. He was the tenant of the farm of Easter Inchbrine, or Balbeg in Glen Urquhart. He was not killed at Culloden as sometimes reported. He was wounded in the head and made his way back to Glen Urquhart and helped others on the way. To quote from the book, Urquhart and Glenmoriston, Olden Times in a Highland Parish by William MacKay, "He (Alexander)saved Somereled Dubh MacDonald by severing a trooper's arm which was raised to strike him. Wishing to avoid the streets of Inverness, he and his companions passed by the town, and forded the Ness above the islands. William MacMillan, from the Braes, was being hard-pressed in mid stream by a trooper when Grant stole behind, and with a stroke of his sword brought horse and rider into the water. His next stroke cleft the Englishman's head in two". He remained in hiding for two years before obtaining a commission in one of two Highland Regiments raised for service in America. He never returned from America and there is no record of what happened to him. Ian Bell
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