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TITLE
Postcard to Grant from Skinner, 27 Jan 1915, side 1
EXTERNAL ID
Z_GB1796_GRANT_979_65_SKINNER_007_001
DATE OF IMAGE
1915
PERIOD
1910s
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
7047
KEYWORDS
fiddlers
fiddles
fishing rods
postcards
concerts
musicians
composers
strathspeys
Postcard to Grant from Skinner, 27 Jan 1915, 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 of Darling's Regent Hotel, 20 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, was sent on 27 January 1915 by Skinner to Grant at Balifeary (Ballifeary) Road, Inverness. In it, Skinner instructs Grant to 'Look out' for Scott Skinner's 'Farewell Tour'

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Postcard to Grant from Skinner, 27 Jan 1915, side 1

1910s

fiddlers; fiddles; fishing rods; postcards; concerts; 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 of Darling's Regent Hotel, 20 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, was sent on 27 January 1915 by Skinner to Grant at Balifeary (Ballifeary) Road, Inverness. In it, Skinner instructs Grant to 'Look out' for Scott Skinner's 'Farewell Tour'