MacCallum Grant

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The Honourable
MacCallum Grant
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12th Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia
In office
November 29, 1916 – January 12, 1925
Monarch George V
Governor General The Duke of Devonshire
The Lord Byng of Vimy
Premier George Henry Murray
Ernest Howard Armstrong
Preceded by David MacKeen
Succeeded by James Robson Douglas
Personal details
Born (1845-05-17)May 17, 1845
Hants County, Nova Scotia
Died February 23, 1928(1928-02-23) (aged 82)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Nationality Canadian
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Laura MacNeill Parker
Children Eric MacNeill Grant
Gerald Wallace Grant
Margaret Frances MacNeill Grant
John Moreau Grant
Grainger Stewart Grant
Harold Taylor Wood Grant
Profession businessman
Religion Presbyterian

MacCallum Grant (May 17, 1845 – February 23, 1928) was a Canadian businessman and the 12th Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.

Born at Loyal Hill (in the area of Summerville) in Hants County, Nova Scotia, the son of John Nutting and Margaret (MacCallum) Grant, Grant was educated in Newport, Nova Scotia. He commenced his business career with S. A. White & Co, in 1873. He was a member of the firm Black Bros. Co. from 1875 to 1893. He then formed the firm Grant, Oxley & Company. Grant, Oxley & Company merged with Alfred J. Bell & Co. Ltd. in 1964 and still operates today under the name of Bell & Grant Insurance.

In 1899 he was appointed[1] as Imperial Consul of Germany in Halifax. From 1916 to 1925, he served as Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia. He was Lieutenant Governor (Canada) at the time of the Halifax Explosion. During the 1919 visit to Nova Scotia by Edward VIII as Prince of Wales, Grant hosted the royal party at Government House (Nova Scotia).

He married Laura MacNeill Parker (a daughter of Daniel McNeill Parker) in 1887. They had five children:

  • Eric MacNeill Grant - born 1889;
  • Captain Dr. Gerald Wallace Grant, MC, MB, CH - born 1890;
  • Margaret Frances MacNeill Grant - born 1893 (later Mrs. Arthur William La Touche Bisset);
  • Captain(N) John Moreau Grant, CBE - born 1895;
  • Major Grainger Stewart Grant, MC - born 1897;
  • Vice Admiral Harold Taylor Wood Grant - born 1899;

He received honorary degrees from Acadia University (LL.D.) in 1919 and from the University of King's College (D.C.L.) in 1921.

A portrait of the Honourable MacCallum Grant by Henry Harris Brown was donated to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in 2006 by Grant's granddaughter, Margaret H. Grant. The portrait was unveiled by the 30th Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, the Honourable Myra Freeman. The portrait is on loan to Government House (Nova Scotia) and can be viewed there in the ballroom.