Papers of James Grant

Scope and Content

This small collection comprises 1 volume of memoirs and 2 photograph albums, compiled by James Grant, and covering the period 1837 - 1883. The memoirs contain a record of James Grant's early life in Scotland and of his career in the Indian army, describing various aspects of army life, including the cantonments, marches, road and bridge-building in the North West Frontier and into Afghanistan, tribal skirmishes, etc. The photograph albums date from the period c 1860 - c 1870. One contains mainly tourist scenes such as temples, forts, etc., whilst the other contains photographs of military scenes in India, presumably taken by Grant or a colleague.

Administrative / Biographical History

James Grant was born at Garmouth, Morayshire, on 11 Oct 1837. His parents died c 1845, and he was brought up by his grandmother in Rothes, near Elgin, remaining there until 1855, when he began a short career at sea. In 1858 he travelled to India as an employee of the Honourable East India Company, where he later enrolled and rose to the rank of Senior Sergeant Major in the Royal Engineers of the Indian Army. Further biographical details will be found in the collection.


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Conditions Governing Access

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Acquisition Information

Gifted to the University in Jul 1987, by Mrs. R. A. Crofton, of Warkworth, Northumberland

Other Finding Aids

Very brief collection level description available on Aberdeen University Library Catalogue, accessible online

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