Sir James Moncrieff Grierson KCB, CMG, CVO

RankLieutenant General
MedalsBritish War Medal, Victory Medal
RegimentGeneral Staff, Commanding II Army Corps, late Royal Artillery
Military Service

1877 gazetted Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery on 9 October.

1882 Egyptian Expedition, took part on the action of Kassassin and the battle of Tel-el-Kebir.

1885 Suakin Expedition

1886 promoted Captain on 20 January.

1888 Deputy Assistant Quartermaster General, 2nd Brigade, Hazara Field Force

1895 promoted Major on 11 December.

1895 promoted Brevet Lieut Collonel on 12 December.

1896-1900 Military Attache in Berlin

1900 South African War, promoted Brevet Colonel on 1 March; created CB on 29 November.

1900-1 Boxer Rebellion, on the Staff of the Commander in Chief of the Allied Forces.

1901 promoted Colonel on 28 October.

1902 created CMG on 26 June.

1902-4 Chief Staff Officer, II Army Corps.

1904-6 Director of Military Operations, Army HQ, promoted Major-General on 12 February 1904; created CVO on 1 July 1904.

1906-10 General Officer Commanding 1st Division, Aldershot Command.

1910 promoted Lieutenant General on 6 May.

1911 created KCB on 19 June.

1912 General Officer Commanding in Chief, Eastern Command


27 Jan 1859, Glasgow

Death17th August 1914
Circumstances of Death

Died of heart failure, on a train in France. It was noted in the official Press Bureau announcement of his death that, on making his official farewell visits before leaving for France, “He was then not physically fit, and his condition was the subject of comment at the time.”

BurialGlasgow Necropolis

22 Aug 1914

CWGC Information

Son of George Moncrieff Grierson and his wife Allison Lyon Walker. Born at Glasgow.


George M Grierson (c1830-1896) and Allison L Walker (c1829-1903)

Father's Occupation

Linen merchant; George Moncrieff Grierson & Co., Yarn, Jute, & Linen Merchants, Commission Agents


George (1861-1892), Jane (1863- ), Margaret (1865-1944), Allison (1867- ), David (1869-1870), Mary (1871- ), Jessie (1873-1877), Robina (1874- )




Glasgow Academy

Royal Military Academy, Woolwich

1871 Census

172 Bath Street, Glasgow

1881 Census

Not found

1891 Census

Royal Artillery Barracks, Woolwich

1901 Census

Not found

1911 Census

Marlborough Lines, Aldershot

Home Address

1903 – 1 Somerset Villas, Elm Park Road, Salisbury

1914 – 9 Cadogan Gardens, London

Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Primus Lair 38
Other Memorials

Scottish National War Memorial

Other Information

Lieut General Grierson died testate and left an estate in Scotland valued at £5153 18s 7d. Amongst other legacies he left £250 to the Royal Artillery regimental charities. He also left £25 to buy a cup or challenge trophy to the 2nd London Brigade, Royal Field Artillery (Territorials), of which he was colonel. He wished his medals and orders to go to the Royal Artillery Mess, Woolwich and his books to the Royal Artillery Mess, Wellington Lines, Aldershot.

Acknowledgements and Sources

Much of the information on which this profile is based is drawn from various internet sources which are listed below.  The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis also wish to make full acknowledgement and thanks for the permitted use of any information or images generously supplied specifically for exhibition, publication or display in connection with The Roll of Honour and accompanying profiles to Ancestry (, Findmypast (,

1911 Encyclopedia Britannica –

Commonwealth War Graves Commission –

The Courier, 31 December 1914 for his bequests.

Family Search –

The Long, Long Trail –

R. W. A. Onslow, ‘Grierson, Sir James Moncrieff (1859–1914)’, rev. M. G. M. Jones, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 –

Scotlands People –

The Scotsman 24 August 1914, page 4 for description of funeral.

The Scottish War Memorials Project –



Compiled by Morag Fyfe, Historical and Genealogical Researcher for The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis.

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