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Grant Clan

Stand Fast

Clan Grant information
grant clan crest
castle Grant etching form 1836
clan grant tartan
grant clan map
Clan crest badge
Clan Castle 1836
Grant tartan-dress
Clan Location
old Scottish print showing Urquhart Castle complete
Castle Grant picture
grant estate
Scottish picture of Ballindalloch Castle
Urquhart Castle then
Castle Grant
The Doune
Ballindalloch Castle
Scottish artists impression of urquhart castle in 1826
picture of Duthill Kirk
landscape painting of packers bridge at Carrbridge
picture showing old packers bridge with the river in spate
Urquhart Castle 1826
Duthil Kirk
flash flood
Scottish artists painting of Urquhart Castle now
artists painting of muckrach castle
landscape painting of Rothiemercus forest in 1850
grant painting
Urquhart Castle now
Muckrach Castle
Rothiemercus 1850
Grant postcard 1890's

  • Clan Name: Grant
  • Clan Motto: Stand Fast
  • Clan Chief: Sir James Patrick Trevor Grant
  • Clan Centre: Duthil Kirk by Grantown
  • Castle Location: Morayshire Scotland
  • Plant Badge: Pine
  • Clan Name: Grant - incorporating - Allan, Bisset, Bowie, Biue, Gilroy, Pratt.
  • Clan Motto: Stand Fast
  • Clan Chief: Rt. Hon The Lord Strathspey, Sir James Patrick Trevor Grant of Grant, 6th Baron Strathspey, 33rd hereditary Clan chief of Clan Grant.
  • Clan Centre: Duthil Kirk, Grantown on Spey, Morayshire, Scotland
  • Clan Lands: Speyside, Rothiemurchus and the straths of Glenurquhart and Glenmoriston.
  • Clan Tartan (official): Dress = Ancient Grant sett 1886
  • Clan Tartan (official): Hunting = Black Watch 1720
  • Clan links : Clan Grant Society UK
  • Clan links : Clan Grant Society USA
  • Clan links : Ballindalloch Castle


Clan History

The Grant name started to make an appearance in the north of Scotland around the early 13th century. Descendants of Sir Laurence Le Grant, Sheriff of Inverness in 1258. Supporters of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce however allegiances were divided over the Jacobite cause with Grants fighting on both sides.

Grantown on Spey was built by the Grant clan chief as a place for his clan members to live and a centre for manufacturing items for the woolen industry. This was at a time when other clan chiefs were clearing their lands. Foundations were laid 19 years after Culloden and today the population is around 2,500.

The River Spey known world-wide for it's salmon fishing is one of the longest rivers in Scotland and due to it's origins, above 300 metres, it can be prone to flash floods after a heavy rainfall in the mountains. In certain areas it flows faster than 50 feet per second making it the fastest flowing river in Britain. The power of the river was harnessed to power the woolen mills.

Carrbridge got it's name from the bridge over the river Carr. There was a funeral procession bearing a prominent member of the Clan Grant to the burial grounds at the nearby Duthil Kirk. They had to ford the River Carr, and just as the funeral procession was picking their way across the river, heavy rains upstream caused a flash flood that washed away the entire funeral procession. Because of that tragedy, the Clan Chief Brigadier-General Sir Alexander Grant of Grant in 1717 commissioned the building of a bridge.

Duthil Kirk near Carrbridge, where many of the Chiefs and prominent members of the early Clan Grant are buried. Now owned by the Clan Grant and used as a visitor centre.

Grant Castle located 1 mile north of Grantown on Spey dates back to the early 15th century and was always occupied by the Grant Clan apart from a brief episode when the Jacobites took over occupation in 1747. Since 1950 the Castle has ceased to be the family seat and has been in a poor condition for a number of years, changing owners frequently.
Now undergoing renovation by its new owner.

Muckrach Castle is situated 3 miles from Grantown on Spey. John Grant of Freuchie (4th Laird of Grant) gave Muckrach to his second son, Patrick, in 1583 and the castle was built soon afterwards. Completely renovated today the castle earns it's way as a holiday hotel.

Doune of the Rothiemurchus - In 1585 a branch of the Chief's line established themselves further down the river Spey. Patrick Grant moved into the Doune around that time and there is still a descendant of his in charge to this day. Ballindalloch Castle is located 15 miles down the Spey. A home of the Grant of Grant family since 1546. In the early 18th century, it was sold to their cousin, Colonel William Grant of Rothiemurchus and later on by inheritance changed owners to George MacPherson-Grant. Ballindalloch is a beautiful castle that started life as a simple fortified tower and has evolved over the centuries to meet the demands placed upon it. The estates are blessed to have both the River Spey and the River Avon running through them. Descendants of that line still live there today.

Urquhart Castle by Loch Ness is the third most visited castle in Scotland. It's foundations go back to the 6th century. Being added on and strengthened through the years it became one of the largest medieval strongholds in Northern Scotland.
In 1509 King James the 4th granted the Lordship of Urquhart to John Grant of Freuchie who was ordered to repair and improve the castle. The Grants retained possession until 1912.
Unfortunately it was blown up with the stored gunpowder in 1692 by the Grants to prevent the Jacobites getting their hands on it. Which explains the unusual shape of the ruin that lasts to this day.
On the old etching of the castle you will notice the castle stands higher out of the water. Urquhart castle was originally 50 foot above Loch Ness but the level of the loch was raised 6 foot during the building of the Caledonian Canal.


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Grant shield painting


clan Grant highlander painting


painting of Glenmoriston Grant


old painting of Clan Chief

Patrick Grant 1713 - 1824
painted in 1822
When he was young Patrick had fought on the Jacobite side against the Hanoverian army during the 1745 Rising.
Nearly eighty years later, George IV visited Edinburgh in 1822, Grant was introduced to the King as 'His Majesty's oldest enemy'. The King offered Grant and his daughter a state pension, one of his many acts aimed at reconciling England and Scotland and strengthening the new nation of Great Britain. In this sympathetic portrait the sitter, swathed in tartan and wearing a large crucifix, looks considerably younger than his 109 years

portrait of Sir James Grant

General Sir James Hope Grant
painted by his brother
Sir Francis Grant

old painting of Clan Chief

Grant wears a plaid and kilt of Grant tartan. Accoutrements include a fine pair of flintlock all-steel pistols and a powder-horn, and he carries a modern Lochaber axe. His sword has an unusual basket hilt. Painted Feb. 1868

painting of William Cumming, piper to the Laird of Grant 1714
William Cumming piper to the Laird 1714