Margaret Macpherson Grant (1834–1877) was a Scottish heiress and
philanthropist. Born in Aberlour parish to a local surgeon, she was
educated in Hampshire and inherited a large fortune from her uncle,
Alexander Grant, a planter and merchant who had become rich in Jamaica.
Macpherson Grant took up residence in Aberlour House, which had been
built for her uncle by William Robertson. She lived unconventionally for
a woman of her time, entering into what was described as a form of
marriage with a female companion, Charlotte Temple, whom she met in
London in 1864. Macpherson Grant donated generously to charitable
enterprises, establishing an orphanage (now the Aberlour Child Care
Trust) and founding St Margaret's Episcopal Church in Aberlour. She
made several wills over the course of her life that would have left her
estate to Temple, but after Temple left her to marry a man, Macpherson
Grant revoked her will, and the bulk of her fortune went to cousins, who
were probably unknown to her.
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