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TITLE
Letter to Grant from George Rose Wood, 5 April 1931, page 1
EXTERNAL ID
Z_GB1796_GRANT_979_65_006_001
DATE OF IMAGE
1931
PERIOD
1930s
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
6567
KEYWORDS
fiddlers
fiddles
fishing rods
letters
memorials
Letter to Grant from George Rose Wood, 5 April 1931, page 1

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 5 April 1931 was sent to Grant by fellow fiddler and teacher, George Rose Wood from Bonnington, Tarland, Aberdeenshire. The subject of the letter is a proposed memorial stone for Peter Milne (1824 - 1908), an accomplished Aberdeenshire fiddler whose playing and composition skills were held in high esteem. (The monument was consequently erected in Tarland Square where it can still be seen today.)

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Letter to Grant from George Rose Wood, 5 April 1931, page 1

1930s

fiddlers; fiddles; fishing rods; letters; memorials

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 5 April 1931 was sent to Grant by fellow fiddler and teacher, George Rose Wood from Bonnington, Tarland, Aberdeenshire. The subject of the letter is a proposed memorial stone for Peter Milne (1824 - 1908), an accomplished Aberdeenshire fiddler whose playing and composition skills were held in high esteem. (The monument was consequently erected in Tarland Square where it can still be seen today.)