James Grant (1727-1796) was the most junior (in rank seniority) of three officers bearing that name in 'Montgomery's Highlanders' or The First Highland Battalion (later renumbered the 77th Regiment of Foot), during its service in the Americas. His name appears on "A List of the Gentlemen Volunteers recommended to be made Ensigns" and he was so commissioned, following a vacancy by death after Grant's Defeat near Fort Duquesne, effective 17 September 1758, prior to which he had been serving in the ranks as a gentleman-volunteer. After the fall of Duquesne and the other French posts in western Pennsylvania, Grant and a large detachment of his regiment were part of British force that captured Newfoundland in 1760. They were then sent to the West Indies, participating in the 1762 capture of Martinique. Following his regiment's service in the 1762 capture of Martinique, Grant was promoted to lieutenant on 6 May 1762 and he and the remains of the regiment, many sick with yellow fever or malaria, returned to North America. They were stationed on Long Island, where they recuperated their health, until the so-called Pontiac Conspiracy, when Grant and the regiment marched to western Pennsylvania frontier.
This subgroup of the Grant Papers consists primarily of military records and correspondence kept by, made for, or sent to James Grant during his service in the French and Indian War to mid-1763, records with the regimental agent settling accounts and relating to his post-war half-pay, mostly 1760s but one dated 1792. Principal correspondents are primarily brother officers, including Alexander Campbell, Alexander Grant, Robert Grant, Donald McKenzie, and William Sutherland and are written from various places, principally New York, Martinique, Long Island, Halifax and London. 22 items.Condition:Dimensions:17" x 14 - 1/2".