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TITLE
Postcard to Grant from Skinner, 1 Feb 1915, side 1
EXTERNAL ID
Z_GB1796_GRANT_979_65_SKINNER_016_001
DATE OF IMAGE
1915
PERIOD
1910s
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
7075
KEYWORDS
fiddlers
fiddles
fishing rods
postcards
First World War
World War I
musicians
composers
strathspeys
Postcard to Grant from Skinner, 1 Feb 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 1 February 1915 by Skinner to 'Brave Battan' at Tomnahurich Farm, Inverness. In it, Skinner mentions the fact that most of halls [for concerts] are occupied by soldiers

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Postcard to Grant from Skinner, 1 Feb 1915, side 1

1910s

fiddlers; fiddles; fishing rods; postcards; First World War; World War I; 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 1 February 1915 by Skinner to 'Brave Battan' at Tomnahurich Farm, Inverness. In it, Skinner mentions the fact that most of halls [for concerts] are occupied by soldiers