Sir Alexander Grant and Forres
A picture in last week’s edition of the Wednesday Wanders revealed that the subject of the latest walk and talk was Sir Alexander Grant who gifted Grant Park to the town and who is also credited with inventing the digestive biscuit.
Ray Mills, whose dad Digby and mother Sybill provided some photographs for the ‘Gazette’ in the 40s and 50s, sent in these pictures; one of the Grant family gravestone at Cluny Hill, and one of the 1947 funeral cortege of Sir Robert McVitie Grant, Sir Alexander’s only son, going up St Leonard’s Road.
Sir Robert, like his father, was also a great benefactor to the town of Forres and was responsible for the purchase of Muiryshade Golf Course and donating it to the townspeople in 1945.
Prior to that, from 1904 to 1945, Muiryshade Golf Course belonged to the Cluny Hill Hydropathic Company, which was established in 1865.