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Crieff Fair

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CRIEFF FAIR (R8x24) 3C (4C set) Thomas Wilson RSCDS Book 10

1- 8 1s+2s set and cross RH, set and cross RH back to places
9-16 1s lead down the middle and lead up and 1L turns under her own right arm to face 1st corners
17-24 1s set to 1st corners, set to 2nd corners, set to each other across the dance and cross RH to 2nd place own sides

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

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Crieff (Scottish Gaelic: Craoibh, meaning "tree") is a market town in Perth and Kinross, Scotland lying on the A85 road between Perth and Crianlarich.

For a number of centuries the Highlanders came south to Crieff to sell their black cattle whose meat and hides were avidly sought by the growing urban populations in Lowland Scotland and the north of England. The town acted as a gathering point or tryst for the Michaelmas cattle sale held each year and the surrounding fields and hillsides were black with the tens of thousands of cattle - some from as far away as Caithness and the Outer Hebrides.

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Crieff From Laggan Hill

View is from the old Drove Road over Laggan Hill. This is the first view that Drovers would have had of their destination when taking cattle to the tryst at Crieff from the highlands and islands.

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