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Letter to Alexander Grant from Scott Skinner, 27 Oct 1905, page 1
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Z_GB1796_GRANT_979_65_SKINNER_049_001
DATE OF IMAGE
1905
PERIOD
1900s
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
7235
KEYWORDS
fiddlers
fiddles
fishing rods
musicians
composers
violins
strathspeys
Letter to Alexander Grant from Scott Skinner, 27 Oct 1905, 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 27 October 1905 was sent to Grant by Skinner from his home at Broomwell Cottage, Monikie, by Dundee. Skinner talks about his forthcoming performances and mentions the fact that his wife is unwell. He also refers to his Stroh violin. (Named after its German designer, Johannes Stroh (1899), this violin amplifies its sound through a metal resonator and metal horns rather than a wooden sound box as on a standard violin.)

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Letter to Alexander Grant from Scott Skinner, 27 Oct 1905, page 1

1900s

fiddlers; fiddles; fishing rods; musicians; composers; violins; 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 27 October 1905 was sent to Grant by Skinner from his home at Broomwell Cottage, Monikie, by Dundee. Skinner talks about his forthcoming performances and mentions the fact that his wife is unwell. He also refers to his Stroh violin. (Named after its German designer, Johannes Stroh (1899), this violin amplifies its sound through a metal resonator and metal horns rather than a wooden sound box as on a standard violin.)