For half a century John Grant corresponded with individuals who one would find listed in the “Who’s Who” of British nobility. From time to time I will post transcriptions or photographs of the more interesting ones.
- 1893-9-28: Letter from Rev. John L. Brown, Dallas Church recommending John Grant for employment.
- 1905-2-13: Letter from John-Stewart Murray, 8th Duke of Atholl, the Marquess of Tullibardine, secretary of the Highland Society of London, confirming the delivery of Grant’s piobaireachd collection to the Society.
- 1905-4-21: Letter from Alexander McKay on behalf of Lord Tullibardine acknowledging examination of Grant’s bagpipe collection by the Highland Society of London.
- 1905-5-8: Letter from James A. Chisholm, Assistant Secretary of the Highland Society of London, officially informing Grant that the members of the Society examined his collection of bagpipe music and were very impressed.
- 1934-11-22: Letter from Lord Chamberlain Rowland Baring, 2nd Earl of Cromer, thanking Grant for the Duke of Kent’s Wedding March. (See and hear the tune here.) Cromer was Lord Chamberlain of the Household from 1922-1937.
- 1934-11-23: Letter from Ulick Alexander, Comptroller to H.R.H. the Duke of Kent, informing Grant of the Duke’s acceptance of his wedding march.
- 1937-7-6: Letter from Alan Lascelles. Sir Alan “Tommy” Lascelles was Private Secretary to King George VI and later, Queen Elizabeth II. When George VI and his wife Elizabeth visited Edinburgh in 1937, Grant composed a 4-parted 2/4 march in their honor (see and hear the tune here) and sent them a beautifully-illustrated copy. This letter is to thank him for his gift.
- 1937-8-23: Letter from Alan Lascelles letting Grant know it would not be possible for him to perform before the King at this time.
- 1945-6-21: Letter from Eleanor Roosevelt. On V-E Day John Grant wrote a piobiareachd for President Franklin D. Roosevelt in appreciation for the United States assistance to Europe to end the tyranny of Hitler. Unfortunately, FDR died before he received it but this letter arrived from Eleanor. (Music to follow soon.)
- 1945-5-26: Letter from Michael Adeane. Michael Edward Adeane was Assistant Private Secretary to George VI, and later Queen Elizabeth II. Adeane sent this letter thanking Grant for his “brochure” of Highland bagpipe music entitled “The Battle of Britain.” (Music to follow soon.)
- 1945-12-28: Letter from Lettice Bowlby. Lettice Bowlby was a lady-in-waiting to the Queen Mother for many years. She penned this letter to Grant thanking him for a Christmas greeting he had sent to the Queen.
- 1946-6-5: Letter from Alan Lascelles. Grant had sent the King and Queen a collection of bagpipe music, and this letter was sent to thank him for the gift.
- 1947-11-15: Letter from Margaret Egerton. Lady Meg Egerton Colville was a lady-in-waiting to Princess Elizabeth from 1946-49. This letter to Grant thanks him for the wedding gift he sent to Princess Elizabeth. The gift was an illustrated brochure of his original 4-part, 2/4 march entitled “Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth’s Wedding March.” (see and hear the tune here.)