GRANT, Peter (Padruig Grannd). b. Bellentua, Strathspey, Scotland, 19 September 1783; d. Grantown-on- Spey, 14 December 1867. According to HymnQuest, to which this entry is indebted, Grant was a Gaelic-speaking Highland crofter who became a Baptist lay preacher. He wrote hymns initially to supersede the lewd songs that were sung at weddings or funerals in the Highlands. They became well known in those parts. Seven were printed by Lachlan Macbean* in The Sacred Songs of the Gael (Edinburgh, Glasgow, Oban, 1886), and ten in The Songs and Hymns of the Scottish Highlands (Edinburgh, Glasgow, Oban, 1888). Grant later became a Baptist minister at Grantown-on-Spey from 1826 to 1867. His hymn ‘A...
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