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Letter to Alexander Grant from Scott Skinner, 3 Apr 1924, page 3
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Z_GB1796_GRANT_979_65_SKINNER_048_003
DATE OF IMAGE
1924
PERIOD
1920s
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Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
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7234
KEYWORDS
fiddlers
fiddles
fishing rods
musicians
composers
strathspeys
Letter to Alexander Grant from Scott Skinner, 3 Apr 1924, page 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 3 April 1924 was sent to Grant by Skinner from 25 Victoria Street, Aberdeen. Skinner asks Grant to send a copy of 'Scott Skinner's Welcome to Inverness' (composed by Grant). He hopes to include it in his next publication sheet with 'Johnny Walker' and 'The Auld Wife's Cutty Pipe'. Skinner gives details of his financial situation and concludes with the news that George Gordon Ingram is to write a book about his life. (A native of Huntly, Ingram was a journalist and friend of Skinner's who wrote many lyrics for his tunes. He emigrated to St Paul, Minnesota, in 1889.)

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Letter to Alexander Grant from Scott Skinner, 3 Apr 1924, page 3

1920s

fiddlers; fiddles; fishing rods; 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 3 April 1924 was sent to Grant by Skinner from 25 Victoria Street, Aberdeen. Skinner asks Grant to send a copy of 'Scott Skinner's Welcome to Inverness' (composed by Grant). He hopes to include it in his next publication sheet with 'Johnny Walker' and 'The Auld Wife's Cutty Pipe'. Skinner gives details of his financial situation and concludes with the news that George Gordon Ingram is to write a book about his life. (A native of Huntly, Ingram was a journalist and friend of Skinner's who wrote many lyrics for his tunes. He emigrated to St Paul, Minnesota, in 1889.)