John Grant, 13th Earl of Dysart

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John Peter Grant, 13th Earl of Dysart, DL (born 22 October 1946), styled Lord Huntingtower from 2003 to 2011, also known as Johnnie Grant,[1] is a Scottish peer and landowner. He owns the Rothiemurchus estate, including Rothiemurchus Forest, in the Scottish Highlands.

Dysart is the son of Lt Col John Peter Grant, MBE 16th of Rothiemurchus, and his wife Lady Katherine, née Greaves. In 1971, Dysart married Philippa Chance MBE (sister of the famous countertenor Michael Chance), by whom he has three children:[2]

  • Lady Louisa Katherine Lindsay (b. 1975)
  • James Patrick Grant, Lord Huntingtower (b. 1977)
  • Lady Alexandra Rose Grant (b. 1985)

Dysart was appointed a deputy lieutenant of Inverness-shire in 1986,[3] and succeeded his father as 'of Rothiemurchus', in the Cairngorms, in 1987. He has held office in a number of nature, land ownership, and conservation organizations since 1989, and was president of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland from 1996[2] to 2006.[4] In 2003, his mother Lady Katherine succeeded her elder sister, Lady Rosamund, as Countess of Dysart. Upon her death in 2011, Dysart inherited her titles.


Due to the large scale development proposal, An Camas Mor, in the heart of Britiain's largest National Park, Johnnie Grant has been swept up in controversy. This has resulted in him losing favour amongst conservationists as the proposed development would result in the destruction of key habitat for some of Scotland's rarest wildlife. To acquire funding for the proposed development, Johnnie Grant's estate sold land to Forestry Commission and in doing so managed to secure a controversial tax break.


  1. ^ Our Team Archived 2012-02-29 at the Wayback Machine. - website of Rothiemurchus
  2. ^ a b Dewar, Peter Beauclerk (2001). Burke's landed gentry of Great Britain. Burke's Peerage. p. 555.
  3. ^ "No. 50655". The London Gazette. 15 September 1986. p. 11959.
  4. ^ "Zoo picks up 'ambassador' to raise interest in conservation". 2006-05-26. Retrieved 2011-11-11.

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Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Katherine Grant
Earl of Dysart