April 11, 2013
Today was a GREAT day got to play Indiana Jones, well sort of and spent part of the day doing one of my fave things digging in archives and old books.
I came across this treasure, The LAST WILL & TESTAMENT OF CUTHBERT GRANT dated Nov 13 1822. It is stamped a TRUE COPY of the original kept in the Judicial archives district of Montreal,,,,what an amazing find and it reveals so many things.
he bequeath to his cousin PETER STUART who he supposes is residing in Scotland and brother of John Stuart 500 pounds. He also bequeaths to his brother in law John Mckay 500 hundred pounds.
So this is CLEAR evidence that Cuthbert Grant indeed has blood ties to the famous Stuart family. This is the John Stuart mentioned in the will and who is Cuthbert Grants Cousin –
John Stuart (12 September 1780 – 14 January 1847) was a nineteenth century Scottish-Canadian explorer and fur trader. He was a partner in the North West Company and Chief Factor of the Hudson’s Bay Company. Stuart is best known as Simon Fraser’s lieutenant who participated in his explorations of present-day British Columbia from 1805 to 1808. Fraser named Stuart River and Stuart Lake in British Columbia for his friend. Stuart was the uncle of Lord Strathcona.
John Stuart was born at Upper Strathspey, Moray. He was the second son of Donald Stuart (b.c.1740) of Leanchoil, then a farm situated on the edge of the Abernethy Forest, and his wife Janet Grant (b.1743), daughter of Robert Grant of Cromdale. John Stuart’s grandfather (brother of the 1st Laird of Cuilt) was descended from the 1st Laird of Auchtow, son of the Duncan MacRobert Stewart, 3rd Laird of Glenogle, Perthshire. As a Jacobite, it is thought that after the Battle of Culloden his grandfather sought refuge under the protection of Clan Grant in Moray, as he was originally from Balquhidder, Perthshire. John’s mother was descended from the Chief of Clan Grant of Castle Grant and was a close cousin of the Robert Grant who co-founded the North West Company. John’s sister, Barbera, was the mother of Lord Strathcona, and it was Stuart who had attained for him his first role in the Hudson’s Bay Company