Lifetime: 1822 - 1887 Passed: ≈ 137 years ago


Novelist, Writer



James Grant

James Grant was a prolific Scottish novelist and historian who lived in the 19th century. He is best known for his historical novels and his writings on the history of Scotland. Grant was a proud Scottish nationalist and his work reflects his deep love for his homeland and its traditions.

Born in 1822 in Edinburgh, Grant began his career as a journalist before turning to fiction writing. His first novel, "The Romance of War", was published in 1845 and was a great success. It was the first in a long series of historical novels that would make Grant one of the most popular writers of his time.

Grant's novels are known for their vivid descriptions of Scottish life and history, and for their strong characters and stirring plots. His best-known works include "The Scottish Cavalier", "The White Cockade", and "Rob Roy". His books were widely read in Scotland and throughout the British Empire, and they helped to shape popular perceptions of Scottish history and culture.

In addition to his work as a novelist, Grant was also a prolific historian. He wrote extensively on Scottish history and culture, and his works include "The Old Scots Brigade", "The Historical and Descriptive Account of the Valley of Strathmore", and "The Celtic Phalanx". Grant was a passionate advocate for Scottish nationalism and his writing reflects his deep belief in the importance of preserving Scotland's cultural heritage.

Grant died in 1887 at the age of 65. He is remembered as one of the greatest Scottish novelists of the 19th century and as a tireless champion of Scottish history and culture. His work remains popular today and continues to inspire readers who are interested in the rich history and traditions of Scotland.

A fun fact about Grant is that he was also an accomplished artist and illustrator. He created many of the illustrations for his own books, and his drawings are known for their skillful depictions of Scottish landscapes and characters. This artistic talent is evident in his vivid descriptions of Scottish life in his novels and in his writings on Scottish history.

Books by James Grant

The Phantom Regiment; or, Stories of "Ours"  Cover image

The Phantom Regiment; or, Stories of "Ours"

War Military Adventure Romance Life Strategy

The novel follows the adventures of a group of Scottish soldiers who serve in a regiment of the British army during the Peninsular War in Spain. The soldiers are led by a charismatic and heroic captain, and they face a series of challenges and danger...

Royal Regiment, and Other Novelettes Cover image

Royal Regiment, and Other Novelettes

James Grant was a prolific Scottish writer of novels and "novelettes", particularly centered around military life. Included with this regimental tale, are four such novelettes or short stories.