Sir Robert Grant GCH
Sir Robert Grant.
(1779â€“1838) was a British lawyer
born in India, the son of
Grant, chairman of the Directors of the Honourable East India Company,
and younger brother of Charles Grant, later Lord
Glenelg. Returning home with their father in 1790, the
two brothers were entered as students of Magdalene
College, Cambridge, in 1795.
In 1801 Charles was fourth
wrangler and senior Chancellorâ€™s medallist; Robert was third
wrangler and second Chancellorâ€™s medallist. It was a singular
distinction for two brothers to be so closely associated in the
honoursâ€™ list of the same year. (The senior wrangler was Henry Martyn
, afterwards the famous
Robert was called to the bar the same day as his brother, 30
January 1807, and entered on practice, becoming Kingâ€™s Sergeant in
the Court of the Duchy of
, and one of the Commissioners in Bankruptcy. He was
elected Member of Parliament
for the Elgin
in 1818, and for the Inverness
in 1826. The latter constituency he represented for four
years. In 1830 and 1831, he was returned for Norwich
, and in 1832
Grant was a strenuous advocate for the removal of the disabilities
of the Jews, and twice carried bills on the subject through the
Commons. They were, however, rejected in the Upper House, which did not yield on the question until 1858,
twenty years after Grantâ€™s death.
In 1832 he became Judge Advocate
, and in 1834 was appointed Governor of Bombay
. He died in India in 1838.
In his younger days Sir Robert published an essay on the trade and
government of India, and a sketch of the early history of the
British East India
. He was the author of a volume of sacred poems, which
was edited and published after his death by his brother, Lord
Glenelg. This volume includes some beautiful hymns, which have
found their way into modern collections. His most well known hymn,
still in common usage in most hymnals today, is "O Worship the
King", based on Psalm 104.
Sir Robert married Margaret, only daughter of Sir David Davidson of
Cantray, with issue two sons and two daughters, namely, Sir Charles
Grant, K.C.S.I, formerly a Member of Council in India; Colonel
Robert Grant, R.E., Deputy Adjutant General; Sibylla Sophia,
married to Granville Ryder, Esq., and Constance Charemile, who died
in childhood.The Oldest Medical
College in Mumbai, India; Grant Medical College is named after
Sir Robert Grant.