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TITLE
Postcard to Grant from Skinner, 15 Sept 1917, side 1
EXTERNAL ID
Z_GB1796_GRANT_979_65_SKINNER_005_001
DATE OF IMAGE
1917
PERIOD
1910s
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
7040
KEYWORDS
fiddlers
fiddles
fishing rods
postcards
musicians
composers
strathspeys
Postcard to Grant from Skinner, 15 Sept 1917, side 1

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 from the Salutation Hotel in Perth, 15 September 1917, was sent by Skinner to Grant, 'The Clachnacuddin Genius', at Tomnahurich Farm, Inverness. Skinner's short message to Battan reads 'Foo's A'

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Postcard to Grant from Skinner, 15 Sept 1917, side 1

1910s

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

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Alexander Grant - letters from J 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).<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 from the Salutation Hotel in Perth, 15 September 1917, was sent by Skinner to Grant, 'The Clachnacuddin Genius', at Tomnahurich Farm, Inverness. Skinner's short message to Battan reads 'Foo's A'