Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Coldingham Sands

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

COLDINGHAM SANDS (S4x32) 4C set Ruary Laidlaw St Abb's Collection

1- 8 1s lead down, cast up round 4s and back to place
9-16 1s+3s lead down (3 steps), lead up and cast, 1s to 2nd place, 3s to 4th place
17-24 2s+1s also 4s+3s dance R&L
25-32 1s turn RH, cast to 4th place as 3s turn RH and dance up to 2nd place. All turn partners 2H (4 bars)

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

Coldingham Sands
A 32 bar strathspey for four couples.

1 - 8 First couple lead down the middle for four steps and cast back up round the fourth couple on the outside of the set to original places.
9-16 First and third couples lead down the middle for three steps, turn and dance back up to original places and cast off one place
ie:- first couple cast off to second place and third couple cast off to fourth place. Second and fourth couples move up on bars seven and eight.
17-24 Second and first couple, fourth and third couples dance Rights and Lefts.
25-28 First couple turn with the right hand once round for two steps and cast off for two steps to fourth place. Third couple turn with the right hand once round for two steps and then dance up the middle of the set for two for two steps to second place.
29-32 All four couples turn partners with both hands once round for four steps back to place
Repeat with a new top couple.

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Ruary Laidlaw, 1998)

Dance Notes

This dance was composed as a simple strathspey that involves only Strathspey Travelling Step and the formation Rights and Lefts.

Dance Information

Coldingham Sands are just to the north of Eyemouth. The village itself is a little inland from the sea, but up on the hill in the photograph you can see the large hotel that accommodated visitors to the Sands and the other attractions close at hand and a little further away. The cliff path from Eyemouth continued on its way to St. Abb's and the lighthouse. Beyond that, in wild isolation you can find the remains of Fast castle, the Wolf's Crag of Sir Walter Scott's novel The Bride of Lammermoor, perched above the sea.

Back in the village itself is the very old Coldingham Priory dating back to the eleventh century. Edgar the then King of Scots built it in 1098 not long after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Although plundered repeatedly, it managed to survive somehow into the twentieth century and came to be used as the parish kirk.

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