I am intending writing a short piece on ‘Highland Folk Ways’,the book published in 1961 which remains perhaps the best single-volumeintroduction to the history of Scottish Gaelic culture in all its guises.
However, whilst I wasundertaking some background research regarding the book’s author, Dr I F Grant,I discovered that at the time of the 1891 Census she was living in a particularlyinteresting household:
The three year-old is found with her paternal grandparents,Sir Patrick Grant and Frances Maria Grant, in the ‘Chelsea Hospital’ in London.Sir Patrick was a Field Marshall and Governor of the Royal Hospital Chelsea until his death in 1895.
A more detailed biography may be read on Am Bailebut I thought it worth noting the little girl’s presence at an institutionwhich included many Highlanders & Islanders amongst its in-patients andout-patients as demonstrated in this brief entry regarding Chelsea Pensioners found in Harris.
A slight diversion from my original intention, but one thatI thought worth sharing!