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January 15, 1780, Kidderpore, Kolktata, India.

July 9, 1838, Dapooree (now Dapoli), Maharashtra, India.

St. Mary’s Church, Poona (now Pune), Maharashtra, India.


Grant’s father was Charles Grant, Member of Parliament for Inverness, and East India Company director. His family moved from India to England when Robert was six years old. He attended Magdalene College, Cambridge (BA 1801, MA 1804), and became a lawyer in 1807. In 1826, he became a member of Parliament for Inverness. He became Privy Councilor in 1831, Judge Advocate General in 1832, and was knighted in 1834. He then returned to India to be Governor of Bombay (Mumbai) in 1834. His work appeared in the Christian Observer (1806–15), Elliott’s Psalms and Hymns (1835), and Sacred Poems, published posthumously by his brother, Lord Glenelg, in 1839, and reprinted in 1844 and 1868. His other works include:

  1. From Olivet’s Sequestered Seats
  2. How Deep the Joy, Almighty Lord
  3. Lord of Earth, Thy Forming Hand
  4. O Savior, Whose Mercy
  5. O Worship the King
  6. Savior, When in Dust to Thee
  7. Starry Firmament on High, The
  8. When Gathering Clouds Around I View
  9. Wherefore Do the Nations Wage?