Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary


Scottish Country Dance Instruction

DUNSINANE (S8x32) 3C (4C set) John Drewry Canadian Book

1- 8 2s followed by 1s dance a Fig of 8 round the 3s and end with 2s dancing up to 1st place
9-16 1L dances RH across with 2s and 1M with 3s, pass LSh to dance ½ diagonal reel with 2nd corners
17-24 1M dances RH across with 2s on Men's side and 1L with 3s on Ladies' side, 1s pass LSh to dance ½ diagonal reel with 1st corners and 1s end turning right about to BtoB (1L facing up and 1M down)
25-32 1L circles 3H round to left with 3s (in top place) and 1M with 2s, open out into 6H round and 1s cross RH to own sides

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

John Drewry   Canadian Book
Strathspey   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-8   2s followed by 1s lead down crossing into figures of 8 round 3s, finishing with 2s at the top;

  9-12 2s1L 1M3s right hands across;

13-16 1s pass by the left into half diagonal reels of 4 with second corners, finishing with 1s passing by the left;

17-20 2s1M 1L3s right hands across on the sides;

21-24 1s pass by the left into half diagonal reels of 4 with first corners, finishing back to back in the centre;

25-27 3s1L (at top) 1M2s (at bottom) 3 hands round to the left, finishing with 1s dropping left hands;

28-30 2s1s3s 6 hands round to the left;

31-32 1s cross by the right.

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

Dance Notes

  1-     2s must be awake to lead 1s.

    -8   2s must finish in 1st place.

  9-24 After each right hands across and half diagonal reel, 1s pass by the left.

25-30 Only 3 bars each for the 3 hands and 6 hands round to the left.

31-32 On the 2nd, 4th and 6th repeats, 1s cross down by the left to 4th place of the full set WHILE the 3s step up ready for the new 1s and 2s to dance between them.

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

Dunsinane Hill is near the village of Collace in Perthshire, Scotland. It is mentioned in Shakespeare's play Macbeth.

It has the remains of two early forts. This is believed to be the site of a battle where Malcolm Canmore defeated Macbeth in 1054. In reality this was only a limited defeat for Macbeth, who was only defeated and killed by Malcolm Canmore at Lumphannan near Aberdeen in 1057.

The pronunciation called for in Shakespeare's play has the accent on the first or third syllable, with a long 'a'. However the correct pronunciation has the accent on the second syllable, with a short 'a'. Correct spelling of the name is "Dunsinnan."

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Dunsinane Hill

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