Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Clootie Well

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE CLOOTIE WELL (R8x32) 3C (4C set) John Drewry Canadian Book

1- 8 1s+2s set, 2s cast up and 1s cross down, turn 2nd corner LH and pass LSh to face 1st corners (2nd corners keep dancing)
9-20 1s Dance to Each Corner and Set:-
' 9-10 1s change places with 1st corners passing RSh and 1st corners pass RSh with a ¼ turn to right in centre to face 2nd corners (as 2nd corners set)
' 11-12 Original 1st corners change places with 2nd corners passing RSh and 2nd corners pass RSh with a ¼ turn to right to face 1s in 3rd corner (pstn) as 1s set
' 13-14 Original 2nd corners change places with 1s passing RSh and 1s pass RSh with a ¼ turn to right to face 2nd corner (pstn) as original 1st corners set
' 15-20 Repeat this Fig once more until 1s end in centre facing partner with 3s and 2s in 1st and 3rd places opposite sides
21-24 1st pass RSh and dance out through 2nd place (own side) then round 3rd corner into centre facing partner's side while 2s and 3s set advancing diagonally and dance ½ RH across to end in own places facing out
25-32 1s dance LSh reels of 3 across (Man with 2s) and 1M+2M also 1L+3L turn RH. 213

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


Dance Notes

'Dance to each Corner and Set' is also known as Courage Reels.

Dance Information

Clootie wells (also Cloutie or Cloughtie wells) are places of pilgrimage in Celtic areas.

They are wells or natural springs in small hillocks, almost always with a tree growing beside them, where strips of cloth or rags have been left, usually tied to the branches of the tree as part of a healing ritual. In Scots nomenclature, a "clootie" or "cloot" is a strip of cloth or rag.

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The Clootie Well


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