Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

John Campbell's Kilt Pin

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

John Campbell's Kilt Pin
Reuben Freemantle  www.scottish-country-dancing-dictionary.com
Reel   8 x 40 bars   3 Couple Repeat  4 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-2   1s cast;

  3-6   1L down, 1M up, half figures of 8 across;

  7-8   1s turn by the right to finish side-by-side, facing second corners;

  9-16 kilt pin reel with second corners:

  9-10 1s dance one quarter of a reverse diagonal reel of 4 with second corners WHILE first corners set facing each other;

11-12 1s chase across the set to partner's first corner's position WHILE second corners complete the path of the half reverse diagonal reel of 4 (but with no dancer approaching) WHILE first corners advance to take right hands;

13-14 1s chase on the sides to partner's second corner's position WHILE second corners chase across the set to the first corners' positions WHILE first corners turn halfway by the left to finish each facing his/her own corner position;

15-16 1s advance and turn ¼ by the right to finish facing first corners' positions WHILE second corners chase on the sides and first corners dance out to finish with the corners all in their original positions, facing diagonally in;

17-24 1s repeat the kilt pin reel with first corners dancing as second corners, second corners as first corners, 1s finishing facing partner's second corner's position;

25-32 1s repeat the kilt pin reel with partner's second corners, 1s finishing facing partner's first corner's position;

33-38 1s repeat ¾ of the kilt pin reel with partner's first corners;

39-40 corners complete the kilt pin reel normally, finishing facing partners WHILE 1s cross by the left to 2nd place on own sides, finishing facing out (except on the final repeat when they face in).

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


Dance Notes

This dance is so-named because it is a close derivative of Mary MacNiven's Sash Pin; enthusiasts (but only by agreement with the other dancers in the set!) may like to dance Mary MacNiven's Sash Pin on the odd-numbered repeats and John Campbell's Kilt Pin on the even.
This dance is intended to flow seamlessly from one figure to the next as far as possible so that, at the end of every phrase, the dancers are facing in the correct direction for the beginning of the next phrase.

  1-2   2s step up;

  9-40 All three couples are moving continuously in these kilt pin reels, never stopping. As an aide-mémoire, each corner reaches and passes through his/her original corner position at the end of each 8-bar phrase, stopping only at the end of bar 40.

  9-16 The kilt pin reel with second corners is an 8-bar combination of a half reverse reel of 4 on the second corners' diagonal with a chase clockwise halfway around the corners' square; 1s are followed by partner's second corner, 2 bars behind; first corners dance in to the centre to meet and turn so that 1s and second corners can chase through first corners' positions, unimpeded. Timing is of the essence: 2 bars for each quarter of the reverse diagonal reel of 4 and for each side of the corners' square in the chase; first corners have a quite sedate movement and so must be particularly careful not to get ahead of the music. The chase should follow the rectilinear shape of the corners' square, with a sharp change of direction at the halfway corner, rather than a sloppy oval; this helps with timing as well being more satisfying to the dancers and any spectator.

17-24 The kilt pin reel with first corners is an 8-bar combination of a half reverse reel of 4 on the first corners' diagonal with a chase clockwise halfway around the corners' square; second corners dance in to the centre to meet and turn so that 1s and first corners can chase through first corners' positions, unimpeded.

25-32 This kilt pin reel is exactly as in bars 9-16 but starting with 1s facing partner's second corners.

33-40 This kilt pin reel is as in bars 17-24 but starting with 1s facing partner's first corners. Corners finish facing in, 1s cross by the left to finish in 2nd place on own sides, facing out (except on the final repeat when they pull left shoulders back to face in).

    -40 On the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th repeats, 1s finish in 2nd place, facing out, ready to dance as 1st couple again.
On the 2nd, 4th and 6th repeats, 1s also finish in 2nd place, facing out, ready to cast to 4th place of the full set in bars 1-2 of the next repeat WHILE the new 3s step up.
On the last repeat, 1s finish in 2nd place of the active set (3rd place of the full set), facing in.


Dance Notes

Laurence's alternative description of John Campbell's Kilt Pin from the dancer's perspective, starting from the first kilt pin reel, bar 9.
The dancing couple (1s) individually dance ¼ of a reverse (left shoulder) diagonal reel of 4 with their second corners, then chase anticlockwise 2 places and turn by the right ¼ in the centre of the dance to finish facing their first corners.
The dancing couple then individually dance ¼ of a reverse diagonal reel of 4 with their first corners, then chase anticlockwise 2 places and turn by the right ¼ in the centre of the dance to finish facing their third corners.
The dancing couple (1s) individually dance ¼ of a reverse diagonal reel of 4 with their third corners, then chase anticlockwise 2 places and turn by the right ¼ in the centre of the dance to finish facing their fourth corners.
The dancing couple (1s) individually dance ¼ of a reverse diagonal reel of 4 with their fourth corners, then chase anticlockwise 2 places and cross by the left to 2nd place on own sides to finish facing out ready for the repeat.
WHILE
The second corners perform a half reverse diagonal reel of four on the second corners diagonal line then chase anticlockwise 2 places to finish in original places.
The second corners then set to each other, then turn by the left to finish in original places.
The second corners then perform a half reverse diagonal reel of four on the second corners diagonal line then chase anticlockwise 2 places to finish in original places.
The second corners then set to each other, then turn by the left to finish in original places.
WHILE
The first corners set to each other, then turn by the left to finish in original places.
The first corners then perform a half reverse diagonal reel of four on the first corners diagonal line then chase anticlockwise 2 places to finish in original places.
The first corners then set to each other, then turn by the left to finish in original places.
The first corners then perform a half reverse diagonal reel of four on the first corners diagonal line then chase anticlockwise 2 places to finish in original places.

(Dance Notes by the deviser, Reuben Freemantle)


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Dance Information

Mary MacNiven was the singer for whom John Bannerman wrote the Gaelic song Mairi Bhan (literally, Fair Mary, in English but usually known as Mairi's Wedding after the translation by Sir Hugh Roberton); it is sung to the traditional tune, Lewis Bridal Song. Many years later, she married John Campbell.
Also see the dance Mary MacNiven's Sash Pin by Reuben Freemantle.

The kilt pin is a piece of jewellery that is worn on the lower corner of the outer apron of a kilt in order to prevent the apron falling or blowing open, by adding weight to the outer apron. It does not pin the outer apron to the inner fabric.

Kilt Pin Image
Kilt Pin


Dance Information by the deviser, Reuben Freemantle.
Dance Information licensed under this Creative Commons Licence.
Text from this original Kilt Pin article on Wikipedia.
Image Copyright Stubborn Stag.
Additional search terms: Campbells.

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