British explorer of central Africa. James Augustus Grant accompanied John Hanning Speke on the Nile expedition of 1860–1863 but did not himself visit the source. Born at Nairn, Scotland, a son of the manse, he was educated locally and then in Aberdeen at the Grammar School and Marischal College before taking a commission in the Indian Army in 1846. He fought in various campaigns and was wounded at the Relief of Lucknow in 1857. Grant had met Speke on a hunting trip in 1852 and Speke invited him to join the Nile expedition in 1859.
From The Oxford Companion to World Exploration in Oxford Reference.
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