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TITLE
Draft Letter (undated) from Alexander Grant, page 3
EXTERNAL ID
Z_GB1796_GRANT_979_65_PATENT_001_003
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
6922
KEYWORDS
fiddlers
fiddles
fishing rods
Draft Letter (undated) from Alexander Grant, page 3

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).

This draft later (undated) was written by Grant and is on the subject of fly casting. It has been written on the back of a poster for the 'Railway Watch Company's Prize Draw' (July 1900). The intended recipient is the editor of a paper or periodical in which a previous letter of Grant's has recently appeared. Grant covers several issues in this letter including a printing error made in his last letter; his opposition to overhead casting and shooting of lines; his casting exhibition on the River Thames; and the benefits of his 'Vibration Rod'

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Draft Letter (undated) from Alexander Grant, page 3

fiddlers; fiddles; fishing rods

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Alexander Grant (hand written material)

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 /> This draft later (undated) was written by Grant and is on the subject of fly casting. It has been written on the back of a poster for the 'Railway Watch Company's Prize Draw' (July 1900). The intended recipient is the editor of a paper or periodical in which a previous letter of Grant's has recently appeared. Grant covers several issues in this letter including a printing error made in his last letter; his opposition to overhead casting and shooting of lines; his casting exhibition on the River Thames; and the benefits of his 'Vibration Rod'