James Augustus Grant

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Date of Birth April 11, 1827
Place of Birth Scotland
Date of Death Feb 11, 1892 (64)
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James Augustus Grant

Lieutenant-Colonel James Augustus Grant was a Scottish explorer of eastern equatorial Africa. He made contributions to the journals of various learned societies, the most notable being the "Botany of the Speke and Grant Expedition" in vol. xxix of the Transactions of the Linnaean Society. He married in 1865 and settled down at Nairn, where he died in 1892. He was buried in the crypt of St Paul's Cathedral. Grant's gazelle, one of the largest and handsomest of that family in Africa, was named in his honor.

Born: 11, 1827, Nairn, Scotland
Died: 11, 1892, Nairn, Scotland
Occupation: Explorer, author, armed forces officer
Awards: CB, CSI, FRS, FRGS

About James Augustus Grant

Scottish soldier who took part in an expedition to Africa to chart the Nile River.

Before Fame

As a soldier, he saw action in India during the Sikh Wars.


He was awarded a gold medal by the Royal Geographical Society for his contributions to African geography.

Family Life

He grew up in Nairn, Scotland.


It was John Hanning Speke , Grant's comrade-in-arms from the Sikh Wars, who invited him on his second African expedition.

Information related to James Augustus Grant

  • British military personnel of the Second Anglo-Sikh War
  • Scottish explorers
  • Companions of the Order of the Star of India
  • Explorers of Africa
  • Fellows of the Royal Geographical Society
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