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Kay's Originals Vol. 2


448 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. Mr. Grant was called away from Edinburgh to a charge, we believe, in ‘Westmoreland. From that period he constantly resided in England, where he died in December 1837, at an advanced age. In the obituary of the Church of England Magazine he is described as “ the Rev. J. F. Grant, Rector of Wrabness, Essex, and Morston, Sussex.” Mr. Grant married, in 1795, Miss Anne Oughterson, youngest daughter of the Rev. Arthur Oughterson, minister of Wester Kilbride. She was a beautiful woman ; and the union, though not approved of by his friends, is understood to have been one of peculiar happiness to both parties. They had several children, some of whom still survive. While in Edinburgh hlr. Grant resided in Broughton Street. No. CCCXXII. THE CRAFT IN DANGER. THIS Print affords a partial view of the Old College of Edinburgh and its entrance. The skeleton of the elephant was prepared by Sir George Ballingall while serving as assistant-surgeon with the second battalion of the Royals in India ; was subsequently presented by him to his old master, Dr. Barclay ; and ultimately bequeathed by the Doctor, along with the rest of his collection, to the Royal College of Surgeons, in whose valuable Museum it forms a conspicuous object. The Plate refers to the proposed institution of a Professorship of Comparative Anatomy in the University of Edinburgh, in 1817, for which DR. BARCLAY was at the time considered to be an eligible candidate. He is represented as riding in at the College gate on the skeleton of the elephant, supported by the late DR. GREGORYa, nd welcomed by his friend, the late RVBERTJ OHNSTON, Esq., who were supposed to be favourable to the proposed Professorship, and to Dr. Barclay’s pretensions to the Chair. He is opposed by DR. HOPE, who fixes his anchor in the strontian, and resists the entrance of the elephant by means of the cable passed round his forelegs. He is also opposed with characteristic weapons, by DR. MONROa nd PROFESSJOARM ESOoNn, whose respective departments the intended Professorship was supposed to be an encroachment. JOHN BARCLAY, M.D., long known as an eminent lecturer on anatomy in this city, was the son of a respectable farmer in Perthshire, and nephew of John Barclay, the Berean. He was born at Cairn, near Drummaquhance, in that county, about the year 1760. After acquiring the rudiments of education at the parish school of Muthill, he studied with a view to the ministry at the qniversity of St. Andrews, and was licensed to preach by the Presbytery of
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