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Charles Grant was born in Mauritius in 1749, was brought up in Normandy and went into the army. He was created Vicomte de Vaux in 1777, and Chevalier de l'Ordre de Saint Louis in 1790. As a result of the French Revolution he went into exile in 1790, first in Jersey and later in London in 1793. Here he put himself forward for an administrative post in Canada and tried to raise an emigre regiment to be commanded by himself.
His papers reflect his career and interests, and he made use of some of them in his 'Memoires'.
Some of the manuscripts were formerly in the library of Sir Thomas Phillipps.
MSS.25163, 25165, 25167, 25169 and 25171-25172 have the
bookplate of W H Ingrams, 1931.
The papers have been arranged under general subject headings, as follows:
MSS.25161-25164. Military and maritime papers
MS.25165. Papers concerning Mauritius
MSS.25169-25174. Genealogical and personal papers
However some of the papers were bound when they were in the possession of Sir Thomas Phillipps. The contents of these volumes have not been disturbed.
Charles Grant was the author of several publications, including ‘The history of Mauritius' (London, 1801) and ‘Mémoires historiques, genéalogipues, politiques, militaires... de la maison de Grant’ ([London], 1796).