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Philip Grant was born in Edinburgh and, from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, was commissioned into The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), serving with them until their disbandment in 1968. The rest of his army career culminated as a staff officer at the army headquarters in Scotland. He made regular contributions to his regiment's journal, The Covenanter, with historical essays on a wide variety of subjects including Thomas Graham. More recently he has travelled widely in his research of Graham's life including in Scotland, France, Spain and Italy.