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A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

Author: John King Grant

Author: John King Grant (1832–1907)

Alternate Name(s): Bower Watten (pseudonym)

Biography: John King Grant was born on 18 June 1832 in Mortlach, Banffshire, the son of James Grant and his wife Janet (née King). He was educated at Horton College, Bradford and became a Baptist minister in Eyemouth. However, he soon after quit the church to become a newspaperman. He served as a journalist or editor to a number of papers including ones in Elgin, Birmingham, Liverpool, and finally Wick. In addition, he wrote the single novel Stratharran (1887) under the pseudonym "Bower Watten" (the names of two villages in Caithness). In 1862, he married Margaret Munro and the couple had several children. He died on 14 June 1907 in Wick.

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References: Berwickshire News (25 June 1907); British Census (1871, 1881, 1901); Probate

Fiction Titles:

  1. Stratharran: or, The Crofters Revolt.  1 vol.  London: Oliphant, 1887.