GRANT, Charles

GRANT, Charles (Gaelic Teàrlach Grannd). Aldourie, Inverness-shire 16.4.1746 — London 31.10.1823. British (Scots) Politician interested in Indian Affairs. Son of Alexander Grant, who was killed on his birthday, fighting for the Jacobites against British Crown. In 1767 went to India and eventually rose to superintendent of E.I.C.’s trade in Bengal, collected fortune in silk industry. From 1787 member of Company’s Board of Trade. Having lost two children to smallpox turned to religion. Returned to the U.K. in 1790, from 1802 M.P. for Inverness, from 1804 member of Company’s Court of Directors, soon its chairman. He was abolutionist and a champion of social reforms and Christian mission in India. Founder of the East India College in Hertford (then Haileybury).

Publications: Observations on the State of Society among the Asiatic Subjects of Great Britain. Written 1792, printed 1813.

Sources: *A. Embree, Charles Grant and British Rule in India. 1962; Wikipedia with portrait; www.wmcarey.edu/carey/grant/grant.htm.

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