Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

40 Merks

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

40 Merks (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Sue Petyt

1-2 First couple dance down the middle for two steps with nearer hands joined
3-4 First couple face each other and dancing as for a Highland Schottische, dance up the middle the man shedding with the left foot to start, and the lady with the right
5-6 First couple cast one place, Second couple step up
7-8 First couple set advancing to pass left shoulders and face first corners
9-12 First couple dance the path of corners pass and turn, pass right shoulder and finish facing second corners, while first corners change places right hands
13-16 First couple dance the path of corners pass and turn and finish in second place on the wrong side, while the second corners change places right hand
17-18 Second and third couples set, while first couple cross over right hand and finish facing out
19-20 Second and third couples dance right hand across half way round, while first couple cast to their right, first lady finishing between third couples position facing up, and first man between first couples position facing down
21-22 Second and third couples set, while first couple cross over giving right hand and finish facing out
23-24 Second and third couples dance right hands across half way, while first couple cast to their right and finish second place own sides
25-28 First couple dance half a reel of four with first corner positions, pass right shoulder to face second corner positions
29-32 First couple dance half a reel of four with second corner positions, first couple cross over passing right shoulder to own side.
Finish 2134
Repeat having passed a couple

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Sue Petyt, 2002)


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


Dance Information

40 Merks is the amount of money which was allegedly paid to the servant who spied on William Wallace resulting in his capture by the English.

Dance Information by the deviser, Sue Petyt.
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