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Letter to Grant from Skinner, 20 May 1915, page 1
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Z_GB1796_GRANT_979_65_SKINNER_031_001
DATE OF IMAGE
1915
PERIOD
1910s
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
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7123
KEYWORDS
fiddlers
fiddles
fishing rods
letters
First World War
World War I
concerts
musicians
composers
strathspeys
Letter to Grant from Skinner, 20 May 1915, page 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 letter dated 20 May 1915 was sent to Grant by Skinner from Carnoustie. The bulk of the letter is taken up with the war and its effects on friends, acquaintances, and family members. Personages specifically mentioned include Major Kenneth Macdonald of Skeabost (a Lovat Scout), Donald Morison (Assistant Leader of The Highland Strathspey and Reel Society), MacKenzie Hay (President of the Strathspey and Reel Society of London), and Mrs McHardy (wife of William McHardy, Laird of Drumblair and one of Skinner's benefactors). Skinner also mentions a forthcoming concert in Dundee in aid of war funds

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Letter to Grant from Skinner, 20 May 1915, page 1

1910s

fiddlers; fiddles; fishing rods; letters; First World War; World War I; 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 letter dated 20 May 1915 was sent to Grant by Skinner from Carnoustie. The bulk of the letter is taken up with the war and its effects on friends, acquaintances, and family members. Personages specifically mentioned include Major Kenneth Macdonald of Skeabost (a Lovat Scout), Donald Morison (Assistant Leader of The Highland Strathspey and Reel Society), MacKenzie Hay (President of the Strathspey and Reel Society of London), and Mrs McHardy (wife of William McHardy, Laird of Drumblair and one of Skinner's benefactors). Skinner also mentions a forthcoming concert in Dundee in aid of war funds