Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Captain Cook's Hornpipe

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

CAPTAIN COOK'S HORNPIPE (R4x32) 4C set C Thompson Cleveland Collection

1- 8 1s dance Inveran Reels with 2s+3s
9-16 1s+2s also 3s+4s dance double Fig of 8 with 1s and 3s crossing down to start
17-24 1s+2s also 3s+4s set, dance ½ RH across, all set and cross RH
25-32 1s+4s set, dance ½ RH across, 1s and 4s cross RH and cast down 1 place while 3s dance up to 2nd place. 2341

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


Dance Information

This dance 'Captain Cook's Hornpipe' is part of the Cleveland Collection.
Cleveland was an area in the north east of England. Its name means literally "cliff-land", referring to its hilly southern areas, which rise to nearly 1,500 ft (460 m).

Captain James Cook, FRS, RN (1728 - 1779) was a British explorer, navigator, cartographer, and captain in the Royal Navy. Cook made detailed maps of Newfoundland prior to making three voyages to the Pacific Ocean, during which he achieved the first recorded European contact with the eastern coastline of Australia and the Hawaiian Islands, and the first recorded circumnavigation of New Zealand.

James Cook was born in the village of Marton-In-Cleveland in Yorkshire, now a suburb of Middlesbrough and in his youth, for leisure, he would climb a nearby hill, Roseberry Topping.

Captain Cook Image
James Cook, Portrait By Nathaniel Dance-Holland, C.1775,


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