Highlander club

Wall of fame

Alexander "Battan" Grant

Grant was world famous inventor of the Vibration fishing rod, violin maker, Scott Skinner's great friend and founded the Highland Strathspey and Reel Society in 1903. He taught Donald Riddell the fiddle and violin making. Donald taught Bruce MacGregor owner of MacGregor's, founder of Blazin'Fiddles and BBC radio Scotland presenter of "Travelling Folk"

Donald Riddell

Fiddle teacher, composer, violin maker and Pipe Major of the Lovat Scouts, Donald Riddell CBE was posthumously inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame. Reforming the Highland Strathspey and Reel Society in 1973, Donald became one of the most important figures in the revival of Scottish fiddle music. He is pictured here playing the Rondello, an invention of Grant's which can be viewed in Inverness museum.

Highland Strathspey and Reel Society

The Highland Strathspey and Reel Society in 1922. Led by Alexander Grant (second left) with a young Donald Riddell (back row third from left).

Scott Skinner tune

This tune written by James "Scott" Skinner, the Starthspey King, arguably the greatest musician Scotland has ever produced, wrote this for his great friend Alexander "Sandy" Grant. Skinner was a frequent visitor to Inverness.

Scotland's Hercules

An incredible man, William Bankier from the North East of Scotland, ran off to join the circus as a young man. He became, through incredible determination and application, one of the most respected athletes of his age. Some of his most famed strongman stunts included lifting an elephant with a harness and thr "Tomb of Hercules" where he would support a piano, a six piece orchestra and a dancer.

Unknown fiddler

Anyone shed any light on who this is? We'd love to know

Simon Fraser Collection

Published in 1816 by Captain Simon Fraser who lived out his life across the road in Rose Street. His father and grandfather were involved in the Jacobite rebellions of 1715 and 1745 and collected the songs and melodies of that period. Fraser, in an attempt to gain patronage from the Hanovarian crown, took out all pro-Jacobite words and classicised the folk tunes.

Captain Simon Fraser

Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers

Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers, born Samuel Liddell Mathers, was a British occultist. He is primarily known as one of the founders of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, a ceremonial magic order of which offshoots still exist today! He was the man who trained the infamous Aliester Crowley who lived in Boleskine House on the banks of Loch Ness. The house was bought by Led Zeppellin guitarist Jimmy Page. Crowley is also on the Beatles album cover "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club".

Moina Mathers

Moina Mathers, born Mina Bergson (28 February 1865 – 25 July 1928), was an artist and occultist at the turn of the 20th century. She was the sister of French philosopher Henri Bergson, the first man of Jewish descent to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1927.[1] She is, however, more known for her marriage to the English occultist, Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers, one of the founders of the organisation Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and, after his death in 1918, for being the hea

Màiri Mhòr nan Òran

One of the most important people in Highland history, Mary MacPherson was falsely imprisoned in Inverness in her 50's. This was the catalyst for an incredible body of work in songs and poetry. She became a leading light in the struggle for land reform and preservation of Gaelic language and culture. She is buried across the road from the bar.

Newtonmore early 1900's

Newtonmore Shinty team.

Highland Rugby Club 1922

Highland Rugby Club were founded in 1922 and currently are flying high in Division 1 of the Scottish National League. Bar owner, Bruce MacGregor was a former captain at the turn of last century!!

Newtonmore Shinty team

The rivalry between the Highland's shinty teams is legendary. Newtonmore and Kingussie are two of the most succesful in the history of the game

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