Chart ACG - Stephen's (b.1811) son Thomas, my great-grandfather

Thomas Grant was born on 15th July 1852, the sixth son af Stephen and Mary Ann. He married on the 25th August 1880 to Marie Watson at St Paul's Church, Portarlington. There is a fuller biography of Thomas Grant here

Only his eldest son Charles (b.1881), my grandfather, married. Thomas and Stephen died as infants, and the two daughters did not marry. Ethel suffered from a thyroid deficiency all her life and died in a Dublin nursing home. It was said that the elder daughter, Mary, was at one time engaged to be married to a second cousin called Grant from Donegal. I have been unable to find any trace of this connection. Apparently my grandfather stopped the marriage.

Charles went to Trinity College Dublin late in life, and got an LLB. He married Eliza Proctor (born in Oban 1879, died Holywood, Co Down in 1946) the daughter of Rev William Proctor, a free prysbyterian minister in Dubin in 1917. He had fought in France in World War I, and was invalided back to Ireland. They had only one child, my father Alan, born in 1918. Charles moved to Belfast in 1922. He had been a civil servant in Dublin, and was not a popular figure with the new government. The move to Belfast was seen as a change that would enable him to continue working as a Civil Servant. He served as a civil servant with the new government in Northern Ireland, reaching the level of Government Auditor, and receiving the O.B.E. He died at 18 Ardlee Avenue, Holywood, Co Down on the 7th March 1970.

My father, Alan (b. Dublin on 27th July 1918), was educated at schools in England, and graduated in medicine from Queens University Belfast. He immediately went into the Royal Army Medical Corps, and sereved in North Africa and Italy as a Captain. He married my mother, who was an army nurse in the QARANS, in Christ Church, Naples, Italy on 27th April 1944. They had three children, David (me), Charles and Fiona, who are all married and living in England. My father went into hospital medicine when he returned to Belfast at the end of the war. He became a consultant physician in 1948 at the Belfast City Hospital, and worked there until his retirement in 1983. Before he retired he was President of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland, and he received the C.B.E. for his services to medicine.

I am David Grant and was brought up in Belfast in Northern Ireland. After school at Campbell College, Belfast, I received a M.A. in Physics from Pembroke College, Oxford University in 1967. I also married Chris Lyons in Oxford that year. After leaving Oxford I worked in marketing with Unilever, Johnson Wax and finally as Marketing Direct of Philip Morris in Britain. Our two children, Stephen and Joanna were born in Lausanne, Switzerland when I was working there for Philip Morris. We then ran our own businesses in England. First at hotel in Steyning, Sussex, then one in Kirkby Fleetham, Yorks, and at Chadlington, Oxfordshire, and finally in Newquay, Cornwall. We now live in Spain.

Our son Stephen, finished school at Winchester College, and went to Magdalen College, Oxford to read Philosophy, Politics and Economics in Oct 1991. He is into rowing and has represented Britain in the Junior World Rowing Championships in Spain, and also gained a lightweight rowing blue at Oxford. He went into merchant banking, Goldman Sachs, on leaving Oxford. Retired from that, he lives on his boat at Bocas del Toro, Panama.

My brother Charles, studied medicine at University College Hospital in London. He is now a Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon in Lincoln. He married to Sue Hopper, and they had three children. Christopher, Katherine and Patrick. Sue died in 1999 and Charles re-married in 2003

My sister Fiona, married Richard Rainsbury, who is now a Consultant Surgeon in Winchester. They have four children, James, Paul, and twins Thomas and Sam.

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