Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Brechin Lassies

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

BRECHIN LASSIES (R8x32) 3C (4C set) MMM 1

1- 8 1s+3s dance Petronella to opposite side
9-16 1s+2s+3s Adv+Ret, 1s+3s cross RH to own sides, 1s+2s+3s set
17-24 1s lead down to bottom and up to 1L between 2s and 1M between 3s facing 1st corners
25-32 1s dance reels of 3 across giving RSh to 1st corner and cross LH to 2nd place. 213

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

Brechin Lassies
Anon   Miss Milligan's Miscellany Vol 1
Reel   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-8   1s 3s half petronella to finish in partners' places:

  1-2   1M 1L 3M 3L petronella turn (pas-de-basque) to finish on the centre line, Ls facing down, Mn up;

  3-4   1s 3s set facing partners;

  5-6   1M 1L 3M 3L petronella turn (pas-de-basque) to finish in partners' places;

  7-8   1s 3s set facing partners;

  9-12 1s2s3s advance and retire;

11-12 1s 3s cross by the right to own sides;

15-16 1s2s3s set;

17-24 1s lead down and up, finishing facing first corners;

25-30 2s1L 1M3s reels of 3 across, 1s giving right shoulders to first corners to start;

31-32 1s turn by the left to finish in 2nd place on own sides.

(MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)

Dance Notes

  1-2   Travel on the first beat of bar 1, finishing on the centre line, Ls facing up, Mn down; turn on the spot in bar 2 to finish facing partners;

  5-6   Travel on the first beat of bar 5, finishing in partners' places, facing out; turn on the spot in bar 6 to finish facing partners;

25-30 This is a 6-bar reel.

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

Brechin is a former royal burgh in Angus, Scotland.

Traditionally Brechin is often described as a city because of its cathedral and its status as the seat of a pre-Reformation Roman Catholic diocese (which continues today as an episcopal seat of the Scottish Episcopal Church), however this status has not been officially recognised in the modern era. Nevertheless the designation is widely used, with examples being the City of Brechin and District Community Council, City of Brechin and Area Partnership, City of Brechin Civic Trust and Brechin City Football Club.

Lassie in an informal name for a little lass, girl, young lady or young woman who is unmarried.

Brechin Lassies Cathedral And Round Tower Image
Brechin Cathedral And Round Tower

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