1- 8 1s lead down, ½ turn RH, lead up to 2nd places opposite sides
9-16 1s+2s dance Ladies' Chain
17-24 2M+1L followed by 1M+2L Promenade and end with 1M dancing to own partner as 2M casts to 2nd place to meet his partner
25-32 1s+2s dance Poussette
(MINICRIB, Dance Crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)
Possibly built around 1300, the castle saw military action during the Wars of Scottish Independence (1296-1357). In the later 14th century the castle was granted to William Douglas, 1st Earl of Douglas, and remained in Douglas hands for the next 300 years. Mary, Queen of Scots, was imprisoned here in 1567-1568, and forced to abdicate, before escaping with the help of her gaoler's family.
In 1588, the Queen's gaoler inherited the title Earl of Morton, and moved away from the castle. It was bought, in 1675, by Sir William Bruce, who used the castle as a focal point in his garden, although it was never again used as a residence.
Today, the remains of the castle are protected as a category A listed building, in the care of Historic Scotland.