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Note on 'Peter Mactavish' by Scott Skinner
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Z_GB1796_GRANT_979_65_MUSIC_029_002
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Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
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6876
KEYWORDS
fiddlers
fiddles
fishing rods
musicians
composers
strathspeys
reels
Note on 'Peter Mactavish' 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 note is on the back of a hand-written manuscript (undated) sent to Grant by Skinner from Stonehaven. The manuscript contains the music for Skinner's rondo or reel, 'Peter Mactavish' (also known as 'The Devil and the Dirk'). This note gives instructions on how to play, in Skinner's words, 'The best Reel in the World!'

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Note on 'Peter Mactavish' by Scott Skinner

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

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 note is on the back of a hand-written manuscript (undated) sent to Grant by Skinner from Stonehaven. The manuscript contains the music for Skinner's rondo or reel, 'Peter Mactavish' (also known as 'The Devil and the Dirk'). This note gives instructions on how to play, in Skinner's words, 'The best Reel in the World!'