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Grant

An actor whom Burns knew well in Dumfries. He wrote a letter to a lady (possibly Mrs Riddell) asking her to attend Mr Grant's benefit night. He described the actor as having 'genius and worth which would do honour to patronage: he is a poor and modest man...'

He is possibly the actor referred to by Willam Charles Macready in his Reminiscences, as the one whose sudden illness gave the younger Macready his understudy's chance in Glasgow in 1810, as Count Villars, a French refugee, in Morton's play Education.

Chambers alleged that Burns gave Grant the masonic apron which the poet had received from Sharpe of Hoddam. In his turn, Grant was reputed to have given the paron to a Whitehaven solicitor, Edwin Holwell Heywood, while he was acting there in 1810. Edwin Heywood was the nephew of Peter Heywood, of Mutiny on the Bounty fame.

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