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Letter to Grant from William Fraser, 2 Aug 1902, page 2
EXTERNAL ID
Z_GB1796_GRANT_979_65_002_002
DATE OF IMAGE
1902
PERIOD
1900s
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
6554
KEYWORDS
fiddlers
fiddles
fishing rods
concerts
Letter to Grant from William Fraser, 2 Aug 1902, page 2

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).

This letter dated 2 August 1902 is from William Mackenzie Fraser, Honorary Secretary of The Scottish Clans' Association of London, to Alexander Grant. The subject matter is a recent concert in the Queens Hall, London, at which Grant performed. The Scottish Clans' Association of London was founded in 1898. One of its main functions was to organise concerts and social gatherings to foster Scottish sentiment among its members

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Letter to Grant from William Fraser, 2 Aug 1902, page 2

1900s

fiddlers; fiddles; fishing rods; concerts

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Alexander Grant - miscellaneous letters

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 /> This letter dated 2 August 1902 is from William Mackenzie Fraser, Honorary Secretary of The Scottish Clans' Association of London, to Alexander Grant. The subject matter is a recent concert in the Queens Hall, London, at which Grant performed. The Scottish Clans' Association of London was founded in 1898. One of its main functions was to organise concerts and social gatherings to foster Scottish sentiment among its members