Papers of James Augustus Grant (1827-1892), the African explorer, and his family. Edit




  • 1821-1892, undated. (Creation)


  • 26 Volumes (Whole)



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  • Conditions Governing Use

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  • Scope and Contents

    James Augustus Grant joined the Bengal Army in 1848 and was at the siege of Multan, the battle of Gujerat, and the relief of Lucknow. From 1860 to 1863 he was seconded to the Royal Geographical Society's expedition under John Hanning Speke, when the source of the Nile was identified and Uganda and southern Sudan visited. After further service in Kashmir and secondment to Napier's Abyssinian expedition, he retired with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in 1868. He was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Geographical Society in l864 and made a Companion of the Bath in 1866. This collection covers all parts of his career, including family and other correspondence, his journals, his African sketches, and other papers.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Bought, Sotheby's, 13 March 1979, lots 126-136, 138, l40-150, 156-181, l83-192, with the aid of a grant from the Heritage Grant for Scotland.

  • Separated Materials

    For additional papers see MSS.17927-17928 and 17929-17948.