Elected: 1949
Discipline: Language, Literature and History
Dr Douglas Grant FRSE
Douglas Grant was born in Edinburgh on 6 January 1918, the second (and longest survivor) of three children of Robert Grant (1878–1959) FRSE and Jane Ierne Grant (née Robertson; 1884–1963), a family of educational publishers and booksellers. He was educated at George Watson’s College (1923–35) and then became a budding actuary employed by the Scottish Widows Fund and Life Assurance Society (1936–39). He also volunteered for the Territorial Army and in 1938 became a Second Lieutenant, in the 4th Heavy Regiment Royal Artillery. From 1939–46 he was in the Royal Artillery, initially in the UK (Coast Artillery: Inchgarvie) and then 1942–4 in West Africa, becoming Lieutenant-Colonel in 1943 and Regimental and Garrison Commander of the Takoradi base, SW Gold Coast (Ghana), an important staging post in the war for RAF planes flying to Egypt and Atlantic anti-submarine patrols. In 1945–6 he was on the staff of the Eastern Command and posted as a staff officer to Wales. He earned the Territorial Decoration and bars. During the war he was elected to the British Ornithologists’ Union. Read more