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TITLE
Letter to Grant from Skinner, 16 March 1916, pages 2 & 3
EXTERNAL ID
Z_GB1796_GRANT_979_65_SKINNER_044_002
DATE OF IMAGE
1916
PERIOD
1910s
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
7218
KEYWORDS
fiddlers
fiddles
fishing rods
musicians
composers
concerts
Manson Scott Skinner
strathspeys
Letter to Grant from Skinner, 16 March 1916, pages 2 & 3

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 16 March 1916 was sent to Grant by Skinner from the Darling's Regent Hotel, Edinburgh. In it, Skinner mentions his past and future concert commitments. He also gives details on the recent marriage of his son Manson, who is in Australia. He concludes with the news that 'Drumblair' has left £100,000. (William McHardy, Laird of Drumblair, was one of Skinner's benefactors. He made his money from engineering work in South Africa, before returning to live at Drumblair House, Forgue, by Huntly, Aberdeenshire.)

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Letter to Grant from Skinner, 16 March 1916, pages 2 & 3

1910s

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 letter dated 16 March 1916 was sent to Grant by Skinner from the Darling's Regent Hotel, Edinburgh. In it, Skinner mentions his past and future concert commitments. He also gives details on the recent marriage of his son Manson, who is in Australia. He concludes with the news that 'Drumblair' has left £100,000. (William McHardy, Laird of Drumblair, was one of Skinner's benefactors. He made his money from engineering work in South Africa, before returning to live at Drumblair House, Forgue, by Huntly, Aberdeenshire.)