Elected: 1982
Discipline: Unspecified at this time
Mr James Shaw Grant CBE FRSE
James Shaw Grant was born on 22 May 1910 in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis. He died on 28 July 1999, aged 89. In this long life he established reputations in several different fields of activity – journalism and literature, drama, and administration. He was a major influence on the life of the Highland and Islands in the last century.

After school at the Nicolson Institute, James graduated MA at Glasgow University in 1931, with distinctions in English, Mathematics, History and Political Economy. In 1932 he followed his father as Editor of The Stornoway Gazette, a role which spanned 31 years and provided the base on which his reputation and influence was built. His own strong sense of community was given powerful expression in the newspaper, and was important in sustaining local morale through very difficult times for the island. In 1943 he was appointed Secretary of the Lewis Association, playing a major part in articulating the aspirations of the island community and editing a series of comprehensive reports on the social and economic problems of the island.

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