Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Miss Betty Ferguson Of Dumfries

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

MISS BETTY FERGUSON OF DUMFRIES (S4x32) 4C set Sue Petyt
2s and 4s start on opposite sides

1- 8 1M dances ½ Fig of 8 round 2s while 4M dances ½ Fig of 8 round 3s, pick up partner (on left) in prom hold dance down/up into ½ LH across
9-12 Change places with corner 2s/3s passing RSh, 1s and 4s set while 2s+3s dance ½ LH across
13-16 3s and 2s change places with corners 4s/1s, 3s and 2s set while 4s+1s dance ½ LH across
17-20 1s dance up between 3s (at top) and cast to 2nd place own sides while 4s dance down and cast up to 3rd place opposite side. (3)1(4)2
21-24 All ½ turn and twirl to other side. 3(1)4(2)
25-32 All circle 8H round and back

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


Miss Betty Ferguson Of Dumfries (S4x32) 4C set Sue Petyt
Second and fourth couples cross to opposite sides on second chord. 1(2)3(4)

1-4 First man dances half a figure of eight round second couple, giving left shoulder to second man, and finishes above his partner, WHILE fourth man dances half a figure of eight round third couple giving left shoulder to third man, and finishes below his partner, facing her. On bar 4 first and fourth couples acknowledge their partners
5-6 First couple, in promenade hold (man with lady on his left) dance down the middle, while fourth couple, in promenade hold (man with lady on his left) dance up the middle. Second couple step up to first place and third couple step down to fourth place
7-8 First and fourth couples dance left hands across half way
9-10 First man and third lady, first lady and third man, fourth lady and second man, fourth man and second lady, pass right shoulders to change places
11-12 First and fourth couples set, WHILE second and third couples dance left hand across half way
13-14 First man and second lady, first lady and second man, third man and fourth lady, third lady and fourth man, pass right shoulders to change places
15-16 Second and third couples set, WHILE first and fourth couples dance left hands across half way. First and fourth men pull left shoulder back, dance a ¾ turn to face up/down to finish with their partner on their right. First and fourth ladies dance out of the left hands across and face up/down
17-20 First couple with nearer hands joined, dance up between the third couple (who are in first place) and cast to second place WHILE fourth couple dance down between second couple (who are in fourth place) and cast to third place. (3)1(4)2
21-24 Third, first, fourth and second couples do half a turn with the right hand, stay in the centre of the set, pull right shoulder back and dance out to other side of the dance. (Half turn and twirl) 3(1)4(2)
25-32 All four couples circle round and back
Repeat from new positions

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Sue Petyt, 2005)


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Dance Information

The music for this dance is available on the CD We Twa recorded by Kenny Thomson and the Wardlaw Band.
Original tune - The Ten Pound Cheque by Willie McRobert.

Dance Information by the deviser, Sue Petyt.

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