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TITLE
Envelope with Music for Skinner's 'The Bungalow' (back)
EXTERNAL ID
Z_GB1796_GRANT_979_65_MUSIC_001_004
DATE OF IMAGE
1912
PERIOD
1910s
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
6799
KEYWORDS
fiddlers
fiddles
fishing rods
musicians
composers
strathspeys
envelopes
Envelope with Music for Skinner's 'The Bungalow' (back)

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 is the back of an envelope sent by Scott Skinner, Aberdeen, to Alexander Grant, Inverness, on 25 July 1912. The front contains the music for Skinner's reel, 'The Bungalow'. The two notes which appear on the back read, 'Here's my han' my trusty freen' and 'A gust o' win' in the wood'

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Envelope with Music for Skinner's 'The Bungalow' (back)

1910s

fiddlers; fiddles; fishing rods; musicians; composers; strathspeys; envelopes

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Alexander Grant - handwritten music

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 is the back of an envelope sent by Scott Skinner, Aberdeen, to Alexander Grant, Inverness, on 25 July 1912. The front contains the music for Skinner's reel, 'The Bungalow'. The two notes which appear on the back read, 'Here's my han' my trusty freen' and 'A gust o' win' in the wood'