Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Lady Catherine Bruce's Reel

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

LADY CATHERINE BRUCE'S REEL (J8x32) 2C (4C set) Book of Graded SCDs

1- 8 1s lead down the middle and back to top
9-16 1s+2s dance Allemande
17-24 1s dance full Fig of 8 round 2s
25-32 2s+1s circle 4H round and back

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

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Dance Information

This dance is associated with Clackmannan Tower in Clackmannanshire in central Scotland. The Bruce family who owned it went bankrupt in 1708; and Henry Bruce fought for the Jacobites in 1745. His widow, Lady Catherine Bruce, lived in the mansion until her death in 1791, when the house and its tower were abandoned. Earlier, on 26 August 1787, she had knighted Robert Burns with the sword of Robert the Bruce. The latter was of course the great king of Scotland 1306 - 29. He was of Scots-Norman heritage, originally from Brix, Manche, in Normandy; and won recognition of Scotland as an independent nation, after fighting the English at the battle of Bannockburn in 1314 in the "First Scottish War of Independence".
Clackmannan Tower Image
Clackmannan Tower

Dance information by Sir Christopher MacRae, KCMG.
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