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TITLE
Design for violin by Alexander Grant
EXTERNAL ID
Z_GB1796_GRANT_979_65_MISC_004_021_002
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
6720
KEYWORDS
fiddlers
fiddling
fiddles
fishing rods
Design for violin by Alexander Grant

This pencil outline of a fiddle body, named 'Battan Design', is drawn on the reverse of a piece of sheet music in the Grant collection.

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)

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Design for violin by Alexander Grant

fiddlers; fiddling; fiddles; fishing rods

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Alexander Grant - printed sheet music

This pencil outline of a fiddle body, named 'Battan Design', is drawn on the reverse of a piece of sheet music in the Grant collection.<br /> <br /> 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)