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Kinmont Willie

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KINMONT WILLIE (J4x48) 4C set John Drewry Rondel Book

1- 8 All dance reels of 4 on sides
9-16 1s cross RH, cast down 1 place and dance ½ Fig of 8 (Man round 2s and Lady round 3s) to 2nd place on own side
17-24 2s+3s set facing diagonally while 1s ¾ turn RH, 1L dances up, casts behind 2L+3L and into the centre to face 4s and sets while 4s ½ turn RH while 2s+3s advance with 2 pas-de-basque and circle left round 1M (as he sets) and out to places
25-32 2s+3s dance R&L (round 1M who sets) while 1L+4s circle for 2 steps and 1L leads 4s up Men's side and down Ladies' side with 1M (last 2 bars) dancing up to join on end of line
33-40 1L leads line across bottom, up to 3rd place, across and down to 4th place (to 2341), 1s and 4s set diagonally
41-48 1s and 4s advance for 2 steps, join hands raised and retire, 2s+3s also 4s+1s dance RH across

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


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William Armstrong of Kinmont or Kinmont Willie was a border reiver and outlaw active in the Anglo-Scottish Border country in the last decades of the 16th century.

Armstrong was captured by the forces of the English Warden of the West March in violation of a truce day in 1596, and imprisoned in Carlisle Castle. Walter Scott of Buccleuch ("the Bold Buccleuch"), keeper of Liddesdale on whose land the arrest had been made, protested to the English Warden, Sir Thomas Scrope, 10th Baron Scrope of Bolton. When Scrope refused to release Armstrong, Buccleuch led a party of men on a daring raid into England and broke Armstrong out of the castle.

Kinmont Willie Armstrong was never recaptured. Legend supposes he died in his bed of old age, sometime between 1608 and 1611.

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Carlisle Castle


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