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TITLE
Postscript to Grant from Skinner, 14 Jan 1906 (back)
EXTERNAL ID
Z_GB1796_GRANT_979_65_SKINNER_038_B_005
DATE OF IMAGE
1906
PERIOD
1900s
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
7174
KEYWORDS
fiddlers
fiddles
fishing rods
musicians
composers
concerts
Manson Scott Skinner
strathspeys
Postscript to Grant from Skinner, 14 Jan 1906 (back)

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 postscript to a letter dated 14 January 1906 was sent to Grant from Skinner. In it, Skinner mentions future performances requested by Mr. Mackenzie, the Procurator Fiscal at Dingwall, and Mr. James Logan of Inverness. Skinner also refers to his son Manson, an excellent dancer who used to accompany his father on his concert tours

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Postscript to Grant from Skinner, 14 Jan 1906 (back)

1900s

fiddlers; fiddles; fishing rods; musicians; composers; concerts; 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 postscript to a letter dated 14 January 1906 was sent to Grant from Skinner. In it, Skinner mentions future performances requested by Mr. Mackenzie, the Procurator Fiscal at Dingwall, and Mr. James Logan of Inverness. Skinner also refers to his son Manson, an excellent dancer who used to accompany his father on his concert tours