The material is composed of: letter from Charles Grant at Russell Square, 1807, to the Rt. Hon. Robert Dundas seeking his help in obtaining the post of District Paymaster in the County of Inverness; letter from Grant in London, 1819, to Hay presumably at the Admiralty seeking help for a constituent; undated letters (2) from Glenelg to Lyall and to James Colquhoun; and, letters (5) of Glenelg, 1831-1856.
Letters of Charles Grant (1778-1866), Baron Glenelg
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- ReferenceGB 237 Coll-841
- Dates of Creation1807-1856
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical Description9 letters. Access to records in a fragile condition may be restricted.
- LocationGen. 1801/5/7; Gen. 2040/53-54; Gen. 2040/72-73
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Charles Grant was born on 26 October 1778 at Kidderpore in Bengal. He was the son of the statesman and philanthropist Charles Grant (1746-1823) who had been Chairman of the East India Company in 1805, and was the brother of Sir Robert Grant (1779-1838), Governor of Bombay. Both the younger Grants were educated at Magdalene College, Cambridge. Charles was called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn, 1807, but he did not practise. He became MP for the Inverness and Fortrose Burghs from 1811 to 1818, and from 1818 he represented Inverness County until 1835 when he became a Peer. He distinguished himself in the Commons first in support of Lord Castlereagh's Preservation of Public Peace Bill in 1812, and also in his support of the East India Company. In 1813 he became a Lord of the Treasury in Lord Liverpool's administration. In 1819 he was Chief Secretary for Ireland, and then in 1827 he was President of the Board of Trade in Canning's government. He also served under Earl Grey and Lord Melbourne. Under Melbourne, in 1835, he was made Colonial Secretary, but his policies were sharply criticised and in 1839 he resigned. On his elevation to the House of Lords in 1835, Grant had taken the title Baron Glenelg, the name of his estate in Scotland. Charles Grant, Baron Glenelg, died in Cannes on 23 April 1866
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Letters at Gen. 1801/5/7, acquired January 1970, Accession no. E70.3.
The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Stephen, Leslie. and Lee, Sidney (eds.). Dictionary of national biography. Vol. 8. Glover-Harriott. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1908.
Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.
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