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TITLE
Grant's premises in Baron Taylor's Lane, Inverness
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_GRANT_979_65_PHOTO_003
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
11595
KEYWORDS
fiddlers
fiddles
fiddling
fishing rods
angling
anglers
Grant's premises in Baron Taylor's Lane, Inverness

Alexander Grant (1856 - 1942) was a native of Battangorm, Carrbridge, which gave rise to his familiar name - 'Battan'. As a boy he was exposed to what were to become his two great passions - fiddling and fishing. He went on to excel in both areas; as an angler by inventing his own unique fishing rod known as the 'Grant Vibration Rod', and as a fiddler by leading the Highland Strathspey and Reel Society for almost forty years and by becoming an expert in fiddle making techniques. He also invented a unique disc-shaped violin known as a 'Rondello'. An example of Grant's fishing rod, fiddle and Rondello can be seen at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery (IMAG).

In May 1887 Grant moved his fishing rod and tackle business from Carrbridge to Inverness, initially at Glenalbyn Buildings, Young Street. He later moved to premises at 7 Baron Taylor's Lane. This photograph shows Grant's business premises in Baron Taylor's Lane which incorporated a tin and coppersmith, a haircutting and shaving saloon, and the fishing rod and tackle business. The gentleman standing outside the front door (centre) may be Mr. Grant in his earlier years


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Grant's premises in Baron Taylor's Lane, Inverness

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

fiddlers; fiddles; fiddling; fishing rods; angling; anglers

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Alexander Grant (photographs)

Alexander Grant (1856 - 1942) was a native of Battangorm, Carrbridge, which gave rise to his familiar name - 'Battan'. As a boy he was exposed to what were to become his two great passions - fiddling and fishing. He went on to excel in both areas; as an angler by inventing his own unique fishing rod known as the 'Grant Vibration Rod', and as a fiddler by leading the Highland Strathspey and Reel Society for almost forty years and by becoming an expert in fiddle making techniques. He also invented a unique disc-shaped violin known as a 'Rondello'. An example of Grant's fishing rod, fiddle and Rondello can be seen at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery (IMAG).<br /> <br /> In May 1887 Grant moved his fishing rod and tackle business from Carrbridge to Inverness, initially at Glenalbyn Buildings, Young Street. He later moved to premises at 7 Baron Taylor's Lane. This photograph shows Grant's business premises in Baron Taylor's Lane which incorporated a tin and coppersmith, a haircutting and shaving saloon, and the fishing rod and tackle business. The gentleman standing outside the front door (centre) may be Mr. Grant in his earlier years <br /> <br /> <br /> This image may be available to purchase.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href="mailto: photographic.archive@highlifehighland.com">Highland Photographic Archive</a><br />