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The Clansman

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE CLANSMAN (R8x32) 2C (4C set) Derek Haynes RSCDS Book 32

1- 8 1s cross RH and cast down 1 place, 2s+1s dance ½ RH across and set
9-16 1s+2s dance R&L, ending with Men turning Ladies into centre to form a line across
17-24 1s+2s dance the Targe:-
' 17-18 1st and 2nd Ladies ¾ turn RH while Men dance ¼ way round anticlockwise
' 19-20 1st Man with 2nd Lady and 1st Lady with 2nd Man full turn LH
' 21-22 1st and 2nd Ladies ¾ turn RH while Men dance ¼ way round anticlockwise
' 23-24 1st Man with 2nd Lady and 1st Lady with 2nd Man turn LH to end on sides 1s facing up and 2s facing down
25-32 2s+1s set facing on sides, turn to face partners and set, 1s lead up crossing RH and cast to 2nd place on own sides

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


The Clansman
Derek Haynes   RSCDS Book 32
Reel   8 x 32 bars   2 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-4       1s cross by the right and cast;

  5-8       2s1s right hands across halfway and set on sides, finishing 1s at top, 2s on opposite sides;

  9-16     1s2s rights and lefts finishing with an extra ¼ turn by the left so that Ls are in centre;

17-24     the targe:

    17-18 1L2L turn by the right ¾ WHILE 2M 1M chase round anticlockwise, finishing 2M1L2L1M in line up and down;

    19-20 2M1L 2L1M turn by the left;

    21-22 1L2L turn by the right ¾ WHILE 2M 1M chase round anticlockwise, finishing 2M1L2L1M in line across;

    23-24 2M1L 2L1M turn by the left ¾, finishing with 1s in 2nd place on opposite sides;

25-26     1s 2s set facing up and down;

27-28     1s2s set on the sides;

29-32     1s half figures of 8 round 2s.

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


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Dance Information

It's been reported that the deviser based the figure, the Targe, on a badly danced Ladies' Chain.

The word targe was a late Old Englishword for shield.

A romantic depiction of a clansman illustrated by R. R. McIan,
A Romantic Depiction Of A Clansman Illustrated By R. R. McIan


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