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Postcard with Music for Skinner's 'The Fallen Chief' (front)
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Z_GB1796_GRANT_979_65_MUSIC_001_006
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Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
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6802
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fiddlers
fiddles
fishing rods
musicians
composers
strathspeys
postcards
Postcard with Music for Skinner's 'The Fallen Chief' (front)

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 postcard addressed to 'Battan' was written by Scott Skinner but not posted. On the back is the music for Skinner's lament, 'The Fallen Chief'. As the postcard is stamped 'Queensgate Hotel, Inverness', it may be possible it was hand delivered or simply given to Grant

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Postcard with Music for Skinner's 'The Fallen Chief' (front)

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

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 postcard addressed to 'Battan' was written by Scott Skinner but not posted. On the back is the music for Skinner's lament, 'The Fallen Chief'. As the postcard is stamped 'Queensgate Hotel, Inverness', it may be possible it was hand delivered or simply given to Grant