Sir Archibald Grant (1696-1778)
Sir Archibald Grant was a politician and promoter of agricultural improvement from Aberdeenshire. He was MP for Aberdeen between 1722 and 1733. After retiring from politics in 1734 he moved permanently to his estate of Monymusk.
Introduced agricultural improvements
Grant was devoted to agricultural improvement and introduced many new practices, including the fallow system for rotating crops, and new rotation crops like clover and ryegrass.
Grant’s name stands for agricultural improvement because of his successful practical and technical changes at Monymusk. His work was emulated by other landowners in Scotland.
Practical farming guides
Grant also published two pamphlets about agriculture, ‘The farmer’s New-Year’s gift’ (1757) and ‘The practical farmer’s pocket companion’ (1766).