Lewis Grant (colonial administrator)

General Sir Lewis Grant, KCH (died 26 January 1852) was a British Army officer and colonial administrator in the Caribbean.

Grant was a son of Duncan Grant, of Mulochaird in Strathspey, Scotland and a younger brother of the physician, Sir James Robert Grant, who was chief medical officer at Waterloo. Grant entered the army in 1794 as an ensign in the 95th Regiment, from which he was promoted to lieutenant in the 97th Regiment. In 1795, Grant was aboard HMS Orion under James Saumarez at the Battle of Groix. He was promoted to captain in 1796 and subsequently fought under Sir Ralph Abercromby in the West Indies.

In June 1801, Grant was appointed Assistant Quarter and Barrack Master General in Tobago and held the same position in Dominica in 1802. Promoted to major in 1802, he transferred to the 3rd West Indian Regiment and returned to England in 1803. Promoted to lieutenant-colonel of the 70th Regiment in 1804, he returned to the West Indies that year. Further promoted to colonel in 1813 and major-general in 1819, Grant was then appointed Governor of the Bahamas in 1820, then Governor of Trinidad in 1829. Serving in the latter post until 1833, Lionel Mordaunt Fraser's History of Trinidad (1971) states on the day after his departure on 22 June, the Port-of-Spain Gazette reported he was "hated by the negroes and detested by every independent member of the community".[1]

On 13 September 1831, Grant was appointed a Knight Commander of the Royal Guelphic Order and Knight Bachelor, appointed to the colonelcy of the 96th Regiment of Foot on 9 April 1839 and awarded an honorary MA from Peterhouse, Cambridge in 1847.[2]

On 11 November 1851, he was promoted to general and died suddenly from heart disease a few months later on 26 January 1852, aboard an omnibus on Regent Street, London, while he was travelling to his home on Harley Street.[3] He was buried at Kensal Green Cemetery.[4]

He had married Isabella Elizabeth Grant, the daughter of A. Grant of Tullochgriban.[5]


  1. Fraser, Lionel Mordaunt, History of Trinidad from 1781-1839 and 1891-1896 (1971), page 325
  2. Alumni Cantabrigienses: A Biographical List of All Known Students, Graduates and Holders of Office at the University of Cambridge, from the Earliest Times to 1900, Volume 2, page 115
  3. The London Gazette: no. 21262. p. 2965. 11 November 1851.
  4. Kensal Green Cemetery Online, Military
  5. The Upper Ten Thousand. p. 191.
Government offices
Preceded by
Charles Cameron
Governor of the Bahamas
Succeeded by
James Carmichael Smyth
Preceded by
Charles Felix Smith
Governor of Trinidad
Succeeded by
Sir George Hill
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir William Thornton
Colonel of the 96th Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Charles Edward Conyers

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