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TITLE
Letter to Grant from Skinner's wife, 4 Oct 1906, page 4
EXTERNAL ID
Z_GB1796_GRANT_979_65_004_003
DATE OF IMAGE
1906
PERIOD
1900s
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
6562
KEYWORDS
fiddlers
fiddles
fishing rods
letters
Manson Scott Skinner
strathspeys
Letter to Grant from Skinner's wife, 4 Oct 1906, page 4

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).

Grant was a great friend of fellow musician and composer James Scott Skinner (1843-1927), a major figure in the development of Scottish traditional music, often referred to as 'The Strathspey King'. This letter dated 4 October 1906 was sent by Skinner's second wife, Gertrude May Park-Skinner, to Alexander Grant. In it, Mrs. Skinner requests money, on her husband's behalf, for his judging a forthcoming competition. She also complains about feeling unwell, a situation which is apparently not helped by the lack of financial contribution from Skinner's son, Manson

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Letter to Grant from Skinner's wife, 4 Oct 1906, page 4

1900s

fiddlers; fiddles; fishing rods; letters; Manson Scott Skinner; strathspeys

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 /> Grant was a great friend of fellow musician and composer James Scott Skinner (1843-1927), a major figure in the development of Scottish traditional music, often referred to as 'The Strathspey King'. This letter dated 4 October 1906 was sent by Skinner's second wife, Gertrude May Park-Skinner, to Alexander Grant. In it, Mrs. Skinner requests money, on her husband's behalf, for his judging a forthcoming competition. She also complains about feeling unwell, a situation which is apparently not helped by the lack of financial contribution from Skinner's son, Manson