Peter Grant (abbé)

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Peter Grant (died 1 September 1784) was a Scottish Roman Catholic priest, agent and abbé, later in life an important liaison for British Catholic visitors in Rome.


Grant was born in the diocese of Moray, a member of the Grant family of Blairfind in Glenlivat. He entered the Scotch College at Rome in 1726 and returned to Scotland as a priest in 1735. He was sent to the mission at Glengarry. There he remained till 1737, when, after the murder of the Roman agent Stuart, he was appointed to fill that office.

He became acquainted with British travellers who went to Rome, and rendered them many services. For a long period hardly any British subject of distinction visited Rome without being provided with letters of introduction to the Abbé Grant. Clement XI was very fond of him, and intended to create him a Cardinal; but died before taking steps.

Grant died at Rome on 1 September 1784.


 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Grant, Peter". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.