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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.


Robert was the son of 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, and Judge Advocate General in 1832. In 1834, he was knighted, and returned to In­dia to be Governor of Bom­bay (Mum­bai).

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?