George Monro Grant was born in Stellarton, Pictou County (d. 1902). Educated at the Pictou Academy, and later in Scotland at the University of Glasgow. He entered the ministry of the Church of Scotland, serving at St. Matthew’s Church in Halifax. In favour of Confederation, in 1872 he accompanied his lifelong friend, Sir Sandford Fleming, on a railway survey expedition to assess the best route through the Rockies, producing a best-selling book from the trip called Ocean to Ocean (1873). He later became principal of Queen’s College (later University) in Kingston, Ontario (1877). (Illustration: George Monro Grant. British Library.)