James Grant

Governor + Laird + Major
Born 1720

James Grant, Laird of Ballindalloch was a major general in the British Army during the American War of Independence. He served as Governor of East Florida from 1763 to 1771.

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1720 Birth Born in 1720.


1744 24 Years Old Grant was born on the family estate of Ballindalloch in Banffshire in the Northeast of Scotland. He began his military career by purchasing a commission as captain in the Royal Scots on October 24, 1744. … Read More


1757 37 Years Old By 1757, Grant was a major of the 77th Regiment of Foot (Montgomerie's Highlanders), fighting in the French and Indian War.
1758 38 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1758, he led part of the regiment in an expedition led by General John Forbes. … Read More


1761 41 Years Old In 1761, he commanded an expedition against the Cherokee during the Anglo-Cherokee War. … Read More
1764 44 Years Old They divided it into two colonies, and James Grant was named governor of East Florida in 1764. … Read More


1775 55 Years Old 1 More Event
In a speech early in 1775, he remarked that the colonists " could not fight ", and declared that he could "go from one end of America to other and geld all the males."
1776 56 Years Old 1 More Event
His prediction that Boston was an untenable position was proved correct the following spring, and, on March 17, 1776, he accompanied the general withdrawal to Halifax, Nova Scotia.
1777 57 Years Old Grant quick-marched his battalion to the battle of White Plains, but he arrived too late. In 1777, Grant devised the battle plans for the battle of Brandywine Creek.
1778 58 Years Old 1 More Event
Grant was unsuccessful in trapping Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette, at the Battle of Barren Hill, on 20 May 1778. … Read More
1779 59 Years Old 1 More Event
On 1 April 1779, Lord Germain instructed Grant to establish small garrisons throughout the West Indes. … Read More


1780 - 1787 3 More Events
1789 69 Years Old In 1789, he was appointed Governor of Stirling Castle, and Commanding General of the Army in Scotland.
1791 71 Years Old In 1791, he was transferred from the 55th to the 11th Foot.
1796 76 Years Old In 1796, he was appointed a full General, and retired from active military services.
1802 82 Years Old In 1802, he retired to his estate on the Avon and Spey rivers as the Laird of Ballindalloch, after relinquishing his seat in Parliament.
1805 85 Years Old In 1805, he retired from the British army.
1806 86 Years Old He died at 86, April 13, 1806. … Read More
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