GRANT, Alexander (c.1674-1719), of Grant, Elgin.
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Family and Education
b. c. 1674, 1st surv. s. of Ludovick Grant of Freuchie and Grant, M. P. [S], by his 1st w. Janet. da. and h. of Alexander Brodie of Lethen, Nairn; e. bro. of Sir James Grant. educ. ?Utrecht. m. (1) 3 Dec. 1698, Elizabeth (d. 22 Apr. 1708), da. of James Stuart, Lord Doune, 1st s. of Alexander, 5th Earl of Moray [S], s.p.; (2) contract 7 Apr. 1709, Anne, maid of honour to Queen Anne, da. of John Smith, Speaker of the House of Commons 1705-8, s.p. suc. fa. 1716.
M.P. [S] Inverness-shire 1703-7.
Commr. of justiciary for northern counties 1702; sheriff, Inverness 1703-17; P.C.[S] 1706; commr. for the union of Scotland with England 1706, ld. lt. Inverness, Banff and Elgin 1715-17.
Col. of a regt. of Ft. [S] 1706, transferred to English establishment Dec. 1707; brig.-gen. 1711; half-pay 1713; gov. Sheerness 1715-17; col. of a new regt. of Ft. 1715-17.
Grant was the head of the leading family of Elginshire, for which he sat as a Whig from 1710 till his death. During the Fifteen rebellion he was active in raising his clan in support of the Government, promising them ample compensation for any losses, which in fact was not forthcoming.1 Politically he followed the Duke of Argyll, promoting their joint electoral influence by marrying his sister to Lord Lovat in 1716, an alliance described by Argyll’s brother, Lord Ilay, as ‘a measure settled for the better uniting our interest in the north’. He voted with the Government on the septennial bill but against them on the motion censuring Argyll’s rival, Cadogan, on 4 June 1717, for which he was dismissed from his military governorship, his regiment also being disbanded.2 Later that year he was reported as being ‘under the care of the physician of Bedlam and in iron cuffs’, railing against Cadogan.3 He died 19 Aug. 1719.