Monday, September 19, 2011

Governor of Bombay- Sir Robert Grant, 1835-38,The Oldest Medical College and in Mumbai, India; Grant Medical Collegeis named after Sir Robert Grant. and Grant Road Station in Mumbai (Bombay) are named after Governor Grant.

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Sir Robert Grant.
Sir Robert Grant GCH (1779–1838) was a British lawyer and politician.
He was born in India, the son of Charles Grant, chairman of the Directors of the Honourable East India Company, and younger brother of Charles Grant, later Lord Glenelg. Returning home with their father in 1790, the two brothers were entered as students of Magdalene College, Cambridge, in 1795. In 1801 Charles was fourth wrangler and senior Chancellor’s medallist; Robert was third wrangler and second Chancellor’s medallist.[1] It was a singular distinction for two brothers to be so closely associated in the honours’ list of the same year. (The senior wrangler was Henry Martyn, afterwards the famous missionary.)
Norwich, and In 1832 he became Judge Advocate General, and in 1834 was appointed Governor of Bombay and GCH. He died in India in 1838.Norwich, and in 1832 for Finsbury. Robert Grant was a strenuous advocate for the removal of the disabilitiesof the Jews, and twice carried bills on the subject through the House of Commons. They were, however, rejected in the Upper House, which did not yield on the question until 1858, twenty years after Grant’s death. In 1832 he became Judge Advocate General, and in 1834 was appointed Governor of Bombay and GCH. He died in India in 1838
Robert was called to the bar the same day as his brother, 30 January 1807, and entered on practice, becoming King’s Sergeant in the Court of the Duchy of Lancaster, and one of the Commissioners in Bankruptcy. He was elected Member of Parliament for the Elgin Burghs in 1818, and for the Inverness Burghs in 1826. The latter constituency he represented for four years. In 1830 and 1831, he was returned for

In his younger days Sir Robert published an essay on the trade and government of India, and a sketch of the early history of the British East India Company. He was the author of a volume of sacred poems, which was edited and published after his death by his brother, Lord Glenelg. This volume includes some beautiful hymns, which have found their way into modern collections. His most well known hymn, still in common usage in most hymnals today, is "O Worship the King", based on Psalm 104.
Sir Robert married Margaret, only daughter of Sir David Davidson of Cantray, with issue two sons and two daughters, namely, Sir Charles Grant, K.C.S.I, formerly a Member of Council in India; Colonel Robert Grant, R.E., Deputy Adjutant General; Sibylla Sophia, married to Granville Ryder, Esq., and Constance Charemile, who died in childhood.
The Oldest Medical College in Mumbai, India; Grant Medical Collegeis named after Sir Robert Grant.

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Grant Road and Grant Road Station in Mumbai (Bombay) are named after Governor Grant.
An Indian railway station," from the Illustrated London News, 1854;

Grant Road Railway Station (Greater Mumbai (Mumbai City District))

- One of the first steam locomotive

Grant Road Station on the Western Railway is meant for local EMU stops only

View of Bombay Harbour. January 1870
Ten years after his death, Margaret married Josceline William Percy, eldest brother of Algernon Percy, Sixth Duke of Northumberland, with issue one son, George Algernon, born in 1849, who later became Capt. and Lt. Col. of the Grenadier Guards

O Worship the KiNG

GText: Robert Grant, 1779-1838 - GOVERNOR OF BOMBAY-1834

Music: Attr. to Johann Michael Haydn, 1737-1806; (UMH arr. by William Gardiner)
Tune: LYONS, Meter: 10 10.11 11

1. O worship the King, all glorious above,  O gratefully sing God's power and God's love;  our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of Days,  pavilioned in splendor, and girded with praise.2. O tell of God's might, O sing of God's grace,  whose robe is the light, whose canopy space,  whose chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form,  and dark is God's path on the wings of the storm.3. The earth with its store of wonders untold,  Almighty, thy power hath founded of old;  hath stablished it fast by a changeless decree,  and round it hath cast, like a mantle, the sea.4. Thy bountiful care, what tongue can recite? It breathes in the air, it shines in the light;  it streams from the hills, it descends to the plain,  and sweetly distills in the dew and the rain.5. Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,  in thee do we trust, nor find thee to fail;  thy mercies how tender, how firm to the end,  our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend.

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Grant Medical College in the Illustrated London News October 8, 1859- Print from a photograph by H.Hinton.

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Sir Robert Grant Penned "O Worship the King"

Dan Graves, MSL

Sir Robert Grant was a busy man of the world--too busy to concern himself with hymns, you might think. He had been born in India in 1779, the son of the East India Company's director, Charles Grant, a man associated with the Clapham Sect (a group of evangelical social reformers from Clapham, England).
Born in the colonies Robert may have been, but it was in Magdalen College at the University of Oxford that he completed his higher education. He was admitted to the bar in 1807--which meant he could practice law. The following year, the 29-year-old won a seat in Parliament.
He remained in Parliament for many years. Like his father, he was deeply concerned with social issues. Through his persistent efforts a bill was eventually passed which emancipated England's Jews. He fought for other minority groups, too. In the meantime, he was a strong supporter of world missions and influential among evangelicals in the Church of England. He sketched a history of the East India Company. Yet somehow, he found time to write hymns.
In fact, he wrote a hymn which is considered one of the greatest in the English language. Reading William Kethe's translation of Psalm 104 in a 1561 psalm book prompted Robert to write his own version of the psalm, familiar to millions of church-goers.
O Worship the King all glorious above!
O gratefully sing his power and his love,
Our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of days,
Pavilioned in splendor, and girded with praise.
Robert accepted a high position in the East India company. One thing led to another. He was asked to be governor of Bombay and accepted. He took over his new duties in 1834. As governor, he had opportunity to put his social concerns into practice, for the poverty and spiritual condition of the common people were appalling. Among his accomplishments were the opening of several new roads, an inducement to commerce.
He held the governorship only four years, dying on this day, July 9, 1838 at the young age of 59. In that time, the people came to love him. When Sir Jamshedji a well-known Parsi (a person of the Zoroastrian faith), built a medical college, he gave it Robert Grant's name. It is the second oldest medical college in India.
The year after Robert's death in 1838, his brother Charles printed Sir Robert's twelve hymns in a slender volume called Sacred Poems. The only one which is still sung by many people is "O Worship the King."
  1. Brown, Theron and Butterworth, Hezekiah. The Story of the Hymns and Tunes. New York: George H. Doran, 1905.
  2. Covert, William Chalmers and Laufer, Calvin Weiss. Handbook to the Hymnal. Philadelphia: Presbyterian Board of Christian Education, 1936.
  3. Haeussler, Armin. The Story of Our Hymns; the handbook to the hymnal of the Evangelical and Reformed Church. St. Louis, Missouri: Eden Publishing, 1952.
  4. Maddison, Miss V. "Focus on Worship and Community." tfeb02/tbc.htm
  5. "O Worship the King." PID=oworshiptheking
  6. Routley, Erik. Hymns of the Faith. Greenwich, Connecticut: 1956.
  7. Wells, Amos R. A Treasure of Hymns; Brief biographies of 120 leading hymn- writers and Their best hymns.Boston: W. A. Wilde company, 1945.
  8. Various internet articles.
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Durham Road Baptist Church

The only church building from the three that used to grace 'Amen Corner'. Built in 1877, it faces onto Gladstone Terrace. Photographed 11th January 2000

"O worship the King, all glorious above",={the you tube  song was sung and recoded in the above church}