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The Glasgow Highlanders

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THE GLASGOW HIGHLANDERS (S8x32) 2C (4C set) Walter F Gillies RSCDS Book 2
2 Ch - 1M stand as 1L crosses to 2M's place who crosses to partner's place, 2L steps up

1- 8 1s+2s dance R&L ending with 2M between 1L+2L facing down 1M directly behind 2M
9-16 All dance down middle, turn right about and 1M dances Ladies back to top (2M follows) to form a line 4 across with Men BtoB facing partners
17-24 All set to partners with suitable step
25-32 All dance reel of 4 across ending in new pstns with each couple having moved 1 place anticlockwise round set
On bars 31-32 3M crosses to partner's place as 3L steps up to start next 32 bars
Similarly on bars 31-32 (2nd time through) 4M crosses to partner's place as 4L steps up

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

The Glasgow Highlanders
Walter F Gillies   RSCDS Book 2
Strathspey   8 x 32 bars   2 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set
On the 2nd chord, 2M 2L 1L chase anticlockwise one place, finishing 1L in 2M's place, 2L in 1L's, 2M in 2L's WHILE 1M stay in place.

  1-6   1s2s dance ¾ of rights and lefts across the set;

  7-8   1L1M 2M2L turn by the left on the sides, finishing 1L in her starting place, 2L in 2M's place, 2M on the centre line between 1L and 2L, 1M behind 2M, all facing down;

  9-12 1L2M2L followed by 1M lead down and turn about (Ls inwards, Mn right) to face up with 1M between 1L 2L and 2M behind 1M;

13-16 1L1M2L followed by 2M lead up, finishing 1L1M2M2L in line across the dance in 2nd place, 1M2M back to back;

17-24 1s 2s set facing partners (Glasgow Highlanders' step or Highland Schottische), twice;

25-30 all reel of 4 across (in only 6 bars);

31-32 Taking left hands, 1M guide 1L down one place on the Mn's side, 2M guide 2L up one place on the Ls' side, Mn finishing in partners' original places, all facing a new couple.
On the last two bars of the first repeat, 3L step up one place WHILE 3M cross.
On the last two bars of the second repeat, 4L step up one place WHILE 4M cross.
On reaching the bottom of the set, 1L dance across to the Ls' side and face her partner; at the end of the next repeat, 1L step up one place WHILE 1M cross to the Ls' side.
On reaching the top of the set, 2L dance across to the Mn's side and face her partner; at the end of the next repeat, 2L step down one place WHILE 2M cross to the Mn's side.

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

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This dance is a product of the late 19th century with characteristics of the Strathspey Reel and the Country Dance woven together most successfully.

The Glasgow Highlanders were a former Territorial Army battalion in the British Army, it eventually became part of The Highland Light Infantry regiment in 1881, which later became The Royal Highland Fusiliers in 1959. It was amalgamated into the 52nd Lowland Volunteers in 1967.

Glasgow Highlanders Cap Badge Image
Capbadge Of The Glasgow Highlanders Of The Highland Light Infantry

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