Ulysses S. Grant (1822 - 1885) American President and hero of the American Civil War. Click on the link for a detailed account of the most famous Grant in American history.
Hugh Grant. (1960 - )
Actor in films such as "About A Boy", "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and "Notting Hill". Hugh's father was in the Seaforth Highlanders, and Hugh's family descends from the Grants of Rothiemurchus.
Amy Grant. (1960 - )
Singer and Musician. Amy Grant was born in Augusta, Georgia, in 1960, later moving with her family to Nashville, Tennessee. Amy started her career as a gospel singer and was popular in the world of Christian music before branching out to become a major singing star on both the pop and country charts. You can visit Amy's web site here at http://www.amygrant.com
Cary Grant. (1904 - 1986)
Actor. Cary Grant was born in Bristol, England, the son of impoverished parents. However, Grant was his stage name. He was born Archibald Leach (incidentally, John Cleese of Monty Python fame used this as his character's name in "A Fish Called Wanda", as an inside joke) in 1904. He started with an English theater company and arrived in the United States in the 1920's. In Hollywood he was told his name would not do, on a marquee, so the studio gave him a suggested list of stage names to choose from. He chose "Grant" as his last name because he liked it. Recognized for his suave and debonair persona both on-screen and off, while not a "true" Grant by birth, his name became legendary around the world, and today is almost synonymous for sophistication and "style" - we'll take him.
Duncan Grant. (1885 - 1978)
Painter and Artist. Duncan Grant was descended from the Grants of Rothiemurchs, his grandfather was Sir John Peter Grant of Rothiemurchus.
Sir Francis Grant. (1803 - 1878)
Painter. Born at Kilgraston, SW of Bridge of Earn (Perth and Kinross), the brother of soldier General Sir James Hope Grant (1808-75). He was best known for his hunting scenes and as a fashionable portraitist. Self-taught, his first work to be exhibited at the Royal Academy was the sporting picture Merton Breakfast (1834). Other works include The Melton Hunt and The Cottesmore Hunt. Grant was elected President of the Academy in 1866 and served in this role until his death.

John Grant. (b. Unknown - Jan. 30, 1606)
A very infamous Grant, John Grant was one of the conspirators of the Gunpowder Plot. From Brittania.com: "John Grant was the son of Thomas Grant of Norbrook and Alice Ruding. The Grants and Rudinges were old, established families in the county. The main seat of the Grant family had been at Snitterfield, but in 1545 they came into possession of the nearby estate of Norbrook. John had married Dorothy Wintour, a sister (or more probably, a half-sister) of Robert and Thomas Wintour of Huddington Court".

He was one of the chief conspirators of the plot to blow up Parliment when the House of Lords and the King would be in attendance. John Grant's part was to carry out a kidnapping in his part of the conspiracy. When the plot began to unravel, he made his escape with a couple of his co-consiprators, and he returned to his manor home where he was blinded when wet gunpowder that he and his fellows were drying near the fire, exploded. He was convicted, and executed on January 30, 1606 in London.

From the web site http://www.gunpowder-plot.org:
"Commentators on the history of the Gunpowder Plot seem to have varying opinions on Grant's personality. He is described by Parkinson as "melancholy" and "taciturn", and possibly even "stupid". However, Fraser explicitly calls Grant an "intellectual", and says that he "... studied Latin and other foreign languages for pleasure". Although Edwards claims that Grant was originally a Protestant, others assert that he was a devout Roman Catholic, and that his sympathies fell squarely with the Catholic cause (The Union of the Crowns was in 1603. This is relevant because King James VI & I was a protestant). Grant was one of the participants in the Essex Rebellion, along with other Gunpowder Plotters such as Robert Catesby, Francis Tresham and John Wright.

Behind the air of melancholy and "scholarly withdrawal" seems to have hidden a man who could show plenty of spirit when required. John Gerard describes him as being "... as fierce as a lion, of a very undaunted courage as could be found in a country". Norbrook became a noted refuge for priests, and as a result it was often visited by the pursuivants, the government agents whose job it was to search for possible hidden priests. Grant was particularly active in resisting the pursuivants when they visited Norbrook, and the firmness and force of his resistance even started to discourage the pursuivants from searching Norbrook altogether. Gerard says that Grant was fond of "... paying pursuivants so well for their labour, not with crowns of gold, but with cracked crowns sometimes, and with dry bones instead of drink and other good cheer, that they durst not visit him any more unless they brought store of help with them."


James Augustus Grant. (1827 - 1892)
Explorer and soldier. Grant was born in Nairn (Highland) and educated at Marischal College, Aberdeen. He joined the British army, serving in India during the Sikh Wars (1849) and the Indian Mutiny (1857-8). He searched for the source of the Nile with John Hanning Speke (1860-3) and together they traced the river to Lake Victoria (in modern-day Uganda). He kept a record of his journey and published these as A Walk Across Africa (1864).

William Thomas Grant. (1876 - 1972)
Founder of W. T. Grant Department Stores. At it's peak there were over 1,200 stores. William Grant founded the William T. Grant Foundation and dedicated much of his life, and fortune, to philanthropical efforts, though after his death his department stores folded in the biggest retail bankruptcy in history. The William T. Grant Foundation, due to diversification, survived, and continues his philanthropy. The W.T. Grant foundation's web site can be found here.

John Graunt. (April 24, 1620 - April 18, 1674)
Born in London, John Graunt was an English statistician, generally considered to be the founder of the science of demography , the statistical study of human populations. His analysis of the vital statistics of the London populace greatly influenced the demographic work of his friend, demographer Sir William Petty and that of the astronomer Edmond Halley. .
Richard Le Grant - Archbishop of Canterbury (also called Richard Grant, Richard Le Grand, Richard of Wethershed).
Died Aug. 3, 1231 , San Gemini, Duchy of Spoleto in Italy. 45th archbishop of Canterbury (122931). He asserted the independence of the clergy and of his see from royal control. Richard was the chancellor of Lincoln Cathedral (122129), Lincolnshire. He was then appointed Archbishop by Pope Gregory IX at the request of King Henry III (King Henry being the one who named William le Graunt as having recently set out for Scotland with King Alexander III, this seems to be no coincidence). Tradition within the Clan has long claimed Richard as one of our own and the circumstantial evidence seems to back this up. Sometimes referred to as "Richard Magnus" it is clear that the Norman scribes must have considered "Magnus" interchangeable with "Grand"/"Grant". One account within the Clan claims Richard was a younger son of one of the earliest Grant chiefs and migrated to Lincolnshire (very near the other holdings of the Grants in England in the 13th century) from whence he was appointed Archbishop of Canterbury.


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