Grant, Johnson (DNB00)

GRANT, JOHNSON (1773–1844), divine, born at Edinburgh in 1773, was son of Dr. Gregory Grant, by Mary, daughter of Sir Archibald Grant of Monymusk (son of Francis Grant, lord Cullen [q. v.]). He matriculated at St. John's College, Oxford, on 21 Oct. 1795, and took his degree of B.A. in 1799, and M.A. in 1805. Taking holy orders, he became curate in succession of Ormskirk, Lancashire, Frodsham and Latchford in Cheshire, and Hornsey and St. Pancras in Middlesex. Through the interest of Bishop Majendie he was presented to the living of Binbrooke' St. Mary, Lincolnshire, in 1818, and to the incumbency of Kentish Town, London, in 1822, where he remained, a zealous and hard-working clergyman, till his death on 4 Dec. 1844.

He wrote, in addition to occasional sermons and pamphlets: 1. ‘A Manual of Religious Knowledge,’ 1800, 2nd ed. 1805, 3rd ed. 1809. 2. ‘Reverie considered as connected with Literature,’ 1802 (in ‘Memoirs’ of Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society). 3. ‘A Summary of the History of the English Church,’ 1811-26, 4 vols. 4. ‘Sermons,’ 1812. 5. ‘Sacred Hours.’ 6. ‘Arabia, a Poem,’ 1815. 7. ‘God is Love, freely translated from Eckartshausen,’ 1817. 8. ‘The Crucifixion, a Series of Lent Lectures,’ 1821. 9. ‘A Memoir of Miss Frances Augusta Bell,’ 1827. 10. ‘The Last Things. a Series of Lent Lectures,’ 1828. 11. ‘Six Lectures on Liberality and Expediency,’ 1830. 12. ‘A Course of Lectures for the Year,’ 1833-1835, 2 vols. 13. ‘The Joshuad, a Poem,’ anonymous, 1837. 14. ‘Sketches in Divinity,' 1840. 15. ‘Discourses, &c.,’ 1843.

[Gent . Mag. April 1845, p. 444; Foster's Alumni Oxon. ii. 550; Darling's Cyclop. Bibliog. i. 1301; Watt's Bibl. Brit.]

C. W. S.