Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Amethyst (Charlton)

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE AMETHYST (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Brian Charlton Waratah Collection

1- 8 1s+2s dance ½ R&L, set and cross RH
9-16 1s dance up between 2s, cast 1 place, dance down between 3s and cast up to 2nd place
17-20 1s with corners dance Allemande Right (adv for 2, give RH to corner and Lady turns under M's arm, Lady dances back to place as Man retires)
21-24 1s with corners dance Allemande Left (adv for 2, give LH to corner and Lady turns under M's arm, Lady dances back to place as Man retires)
25-32 1s dance RH across (Lady with 2s and Man with 3s), 2s+1s+3s turn RH

(MINICRIB, Dance Crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)


The Amethyst (Charlton) A 32 bar Strathspey for 3 couples in a 4 couple longwise set.

1 - 4 First and second couples dance half rights and lefts.
5 - 8 Second and first couples set, then cross over giving right hand to partners.
9 - 16 First couple dance up between second couple, cast to second place, dance down between third couple and cast up to second place.
17 - 20 First couple with first corners ALLEMANDE RIGHT. i.e. First couple advance two steps and giving right hand to corner, the women turn right about under the arm and dance out to place as the men retire.
21 - 24 First couple with second corners ALLEMANDE LEFT. Use left hands and women turn left about under the arm.
25 - 28 First lady with second couple dance right hands across while first man with third couple dance right hands across.
29 - 32 Second, first and third couples turn partners with the right hand.
Repeat having passed a couple.

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Brian Charlton, 1999)


Dance Information

Also see the dance Amethyst (Boehmer) by Marie Boehmer.

At the 24th Australian Winter School in Perth in September/October 1999 I was in the Nullagine Class. Derek Haynes taught his dance Black Donald which has the figure Allemande Right and Allemande Left, which is described in the dance Not I, R.S.C.D.S. Book 28. I like this figure and other dances, Peterhead Lassies by Roy Goldring and The Bluebells Of Scotland by Iain Boyd, which contain it.

It occurred to me that I did not know of any strathspey containing the figure (although Alastair McFadyen in New Zealand had taught a version of Sandy O'er The Lea with that figure from an old book). This was the inspiration for the dance.

To the Allemande figure, I have added other of my favourite strathspey movements - the progression, dancing through the ends and the hands across flowing into right hand turns.

Nullagine is a town in Western Australia which is famous for its amethyst production. We were pleased to learn that amethyst is said to protect from intoxication!

Music: Miss Campbell of Saddell (MacIntosh)


Dance Information

Amethyst is from the quartz family of gemstones. Throughout history it has had many protective and curative properties ascribed to it, including protection against snakebites, intoxication, seduction, and bad skin. Its beautiful violet colour has made it much sought after for jewelry, although daylight can reduce some stones to near colourlessness.

Amethyst Image
Facet Cut Amethyst


Upper Dance Information by the deviser, Brian Charlton.

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Text from this original Amethyst article on Wikipedia.
Image Copyright Michelle Jo.

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