Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Monadh Liath

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

MONADH LIATH (S8x32) 3C (4C set) John Drewry Bankhead Book 6

1- 8 1s+2s set, 1s ½ turn RH moving down as 2s cast up, 1s set and turn LH to Balance-in-Line with 1st corners
9-12 1s+1st corners Highland Schottische Balance-in-Line:-
' With hands joined as for normal balancing in line all dance 1st bar of Highland Schottische with right foot
' Centre couple drop left hands and all move to right joining LH with corners (under their RH) then drop RH and corners join right hands in centre
' All repeat Highland Schottische with left foot and drop hands in centre, all move to left to bring original centre couple into centre to face corners
13-16 1s+1st corners dance ½ diagonal reel of 4 1s end ready to Balance-in-Line with 2nd corners
17-24 1s+2nd corners Highland Schottische Balance-in-Line and dance ½ diagonal reel of 4
25-32 1s turn LH in middle to end Lady facing 2s and Man 3s while corners dance round clockwise to own corners, 1L+2s and 1M+3s dance RH across. 213

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


Monadh Liath
John Drewry   Bankhead Book 6
Strathspey   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-2   1s2s set on the sides;

  3-4   1s cross down to 2nd place;

  5-8   1s set and turn by the left, finishing in balance position with first corners;

  9-12 2M1L1M3L set (Highland Schottische, dropping hands and passing in the second half of each step);

13-16 2M1L1M3L half diagonal reel of 4, 1s finishing in balance position with second corners;

17-24 1s repeat bars 9-16 with second corners;

25-28 1s turn by the left 1½ times WHILE 3s2s chase halfway round the set;

29-32 2s1L 1M3s right hands across, finishing 2s1s3s.

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


Dance Information

The Monadhliath (or Monadh Liath) Mountains are a range of mountains in north west Scotland. Running in a northeast to southwest direction, the mountains lie on the western side of Strathspey. Càrn Dearg is the highest peak of the Monadh Liath mountains with a summit of 945m (3100 feet), 16 miles (24 km) south of Inverness.

"Monadh Liath" in Gaelic means "Grey Moor" and should be pronounced as "Mon~dh Lee~" in English; "Càrn Dearg" which means "Red Rock" is pronounced as "Kahr~n Jer~k" with stress always on the first syllable and where:
  "dh" is as a more guttural form of ch in "loch";
  "~" represents the very short, indeterminate, vowel sound;
  "ee" is as in "beet"; and
  "ah" is as in "shah".
See Gaelic Dance Names for more information on Gaelic spelling and pronunciation.

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Monadh Liath Mountains


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