John Peter Grant (MP)

Sir John Peter Grant's grave, Dean Cemetery, Edinburgh

John Peter Grant (21 September 1774 – 17 May 1848)[1][2] was a Scottish politician from Inverness-shire who sat in the House of Commons for English constituencies between 1812 and 1826.


John Peter Grant was born in 1774. Educated at Edinburgh High School and Edinburgh University, he was a Member of Parliament (MP for Great Grimsby from 1812 to 1818,[1] then for Tavistock from 1819 to 1826.[2][3]

After leaving Parliament, he became a judge in British India, serving as Puisne judge of Bombay from 1827 to 1830, and of Bengal from 1833 to 1848.[3] His children included Sir John Peter Grant the M.P. and Elizabeth Grant the diarist.[4]

He died on board ship during a return journey to Britain, and was buried at sea.

His wife Jane Ironside Grant is buried against the original north wall of Dean Cemetery in Edinburgh; the gravestone is also a memorial to her husband.


  1. ^ a b Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "G" (part 2)
  2. ^ a b Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "T" (part 1)
  3. ^ a b Fisher, David R. (2009). D.R. Fisher (ed.). "GRANT, John Peter (1774-1848), of The Doune of Rothiemurchus, Inverness". The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1820-1832. Cambridge University Press. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  4. ^ Christine Lodge, ‘Smith , Elizabeth (1797–1885)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 8 Sept 2015

External linksEdit

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Henry Loft
William Ellice
Member of Parliament for Great Grimsby
With: Sir Robert Heron, Bt
Succeeded by
Charles Tennyson
John Nicholas Fazakerley
Preceded by
Lord William Russell
Lord John Russell
Member of Parliament for Tavistock
With: Lord John Russell to March 1820
John Nicholas Fazakerly March–May 1820
Viscount Ebrington From May 1820
Succeeded by
Viscount Ebrington
Lord William Russell