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Robert Grant, Sir, was born 1/15/1779 (‘80?) in India, son of an East India Company director.  His family returned to England and he was Cambridge educated.  He entered law practice and soon became a Member of Parliament.  Through his persistent efforts a bill was eventually passed emancipating England’s Jews; he fought for other minority groups as well.  Robert was also a avid supporter of world missions and he influenced evangelicals in the Church of England.  He died 7/9/1838.

Robert married Margaret Davidson (yr. unknown) – they were blessed with two sons and two daughters.  He accepted a high position in the East India company.  Then in 1834 Grant became governor of Bombay and the same year was knighted.  He wrote a dozen hymns; here is stanza one of his best known.

“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.”

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