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TITLE
Music for 'The Laird o' Thrums' by Scott Skinner
EXTERNAL ID
Z_GB1796_GRANT_979_65_MUSIC_024_002
DATE OF IMAGE
1906
PERIOD
1900s
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
6862
KEYWORDS
fiddlers
fiddles
fishing rods
musicians
composers
strathspeys
Music for 'The Laird o' Thrums' by Scott Skinner

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 hand-written manuscript was sent to Grant from Skinner. It contains the first draft for the strathspey, 'Sandy MacPherson, The Laird o' Thrums' and is dated 27 July 1906. (Thrums was the local name for Kirriemuir, made famous by the novel 'A Window in Thrums' by J.M. Barrie.)

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Music for 'The Laird o' Thrums' by Scott Skinner

1900s

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

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 hand-written manuscript was sent to Grant from Skinner. It contains the first draft for the strathspey, 'Sandy MacPherson, The Laird o' Thrums' and is dated 27 July 1906. (Thrums was the local name for Kirriemuir, made famous by the novel 'A Window in Thrums' by J.M. Barrie.)