James Grant was born on 13 April 1743 in Urquhart in Invernessshire and died on 12 September 1835 in Aberdeenshire. His father was the Jacobite James Grant; his mother, Jean, was the daughter of James Ogilvy of Kempshire. He was educated in Aberdeen and Edinburgh and admitted advocate in 1767. He was distinguished for his liberal political ideas and was well known in Scottish legal circles for his superior skills in preparation of legal cases.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.