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TITLE
Postcard to Grant from Skinner, 24 Sept 1918, side 2
EXTERNAL ID
Z_GB1796_GRANT_979_65_SKINNER_009_002
DATE OF IMAGE
1918
PERIOD
1910s
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
7054
KEYWORDS
fiddlers
fiddles
fishing rods
postcards
First World War
World War I
musicians
composers
Manson Scott Skinner
strathspeys
Postcard to Grant from Skinner, 24 Sept 1918, side 2

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 (postmark Stonehaven, 24 September 1918), was sent by Skinner to Battan at Tomnahurich Farm, Inverness. In it, Skinner mentions his son, Manson, who has been recently operated upon in a Stationary Hospital in France. He also gives dates for forthcoming concerts in England

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Postcard to Grant from Skinner, 24 Sept 1918, side 2

1910s

fiddlers; fiddles; fishing rods; postcards; First World War; World War I; musicians; composers; Manson Scott Skinner; 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 (postmark Stonehaven, 24 September 1918), was sent by Skinner to Battan at Tomnahurich Farm, Inverness. In it, Skinner mentions his son, Manson, who has been recently operated upon in a Stationary Hospital in France. He also gives dates for forthcoming concerts in England