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The Montgomeries' Rant

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THE MONTGOMERIES' RANT (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Castle Menzies RSCDS Book 10

1- 8 1s cross RH and cast down to 2nd place, cross LH and 1L casts up while 1M casts down
9-16 1s dance reels of 3 across, 1L with 2s and 1M with 3s
17-24 1s with nearer hands joined (Lady on Man's left) set to 2L and turn inwards to set to 3M, set to 3L and turn inward and set to 2M
25-32 2s+1s+3s dance reels of 3 on opposite sides 1s giving RSh to 2nd corner, 1s cross RH to 2nd place own sides. 213

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


The Montgomeries' Rant
Castle Menzies Mss   RSCDS Book 10
Reel   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-4   1s cross by the right and cast;

  5-8   1s cross by the left and cast (1L up, 1M down);

  9-16 1L2s 1M3s reels of 3 across, 1s finish facing 2L;

17-18 1s set to 2L and turn about to face 3M;

19-20 1s set to 3M and turn ΒΌ anticlockwise (1M dancing backwards) to face 3L;

21-22 1s set to 3L and turn about to face 2M;

23-24 1s set to 2M, finishing 1M facing up, 1L down;

25-30 1L2M3M, 1M2L3L reels of 3 on opposite sides (right shoulder to second corners to start);

31-32 1s cross to 2nd place (by the left is preferable).

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

Dance Notes

  3-4   2s step up.

17-18 1s turn about inwards.

21-22 1s turn about inwards.


The Montgomeries' Rant (3-couple version)
Castle Menzies Mss   RSCDS Book 10
Reel   3 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   3 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-4   1s cross by the right and cast;

  5-8   1s cross by the left and cast (1L up, 1M down);

  9-16 1L2s 1M3s reels of 3 across, 1s finishing, with nearer hands joined, facing 2L;

17-18 1s set to 2L and turn about, individually, to face 3M;

19-20 taking nearer hands, 1s set to 3M and turn (1M moving backwards, 1L forwards) to face 3L;

21-22 1s set to 3L and turn about, individually, to face 2M;

23-24 taking nearer hands, 1s set to 2M, releasing hold to finish 1M facing up, 1L down;

25-30 1L2M3M, 1M2L3L reels of 3 on opposite sides (giving right shoulder to second corners to start);

31-32 1s cross down by the left to 3rd place WHILE 3s cast up to 2nd place, finishing 2s3s1s.

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

Dance Notes

  3-4   2s step up.

25-30 Normal 6 bar reels but 3s finish facing out, ready to cast up.

31-32 This is the extra progression to interchange 1s and 3s; it flows well from the reels.


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Dance Information

As early as 1769 The Montgomeries' Rant appeared on a programme for a dance at Castle Menzies (source The Menzies Manuscript (1749), from the Atholl Collection of the Sandeman Library, Perth). It appears in the manuscript as "The Montgomerie's Rant a Strathspey Reele" (the apostrophe moved over time and we now call it The Montgomeries' Rant).

The Montgomerie in question was Alexander Montgomerie, 10th Earl of Eglinton (10 February 1723 - 25 October 1769), Grand Master Mason of the Grand Lodge of Scotland from 1750-51, and friend of James Boswell (biographer of Samuel Johnson). Boswell's plan to write the Earl's biography never came to fruition.

In 1769 the Earl planned and founded the village of Eaglesham (in Renfrewshire, Scotland) which is now a conservation area.

Montgomery Street, Eaglesham Image
Looking Down Montgomery Street Towards The Spire Of Eaglesham Parish Church In The Snow


Image Copyright Stewart Macfarlane under this Creative Commons Licence.
Additional search terms: Montgomery's, Montgomerie's.

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