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Preston Mill

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PRESTON MILL (R5x32) 5C Set Margaret Martin RSCDS Book 45

1- 8 1M crosses down to dance Fig of 8 round 2L+1L while 2M crosses down to dance Fig of 8 round 3L+2L while 4L crosses up to dance Fig of 8 round 3M+4M while 5L crosses up to dance Fig of 8 round 4M+5M all returning to places
9-16 1M also 3L followed by partners cast down 1 place and cross to opposite side, 2s+1s also 3s+5s dance LH across
17-24 1s and 3s set advancing and turn right about, 1s and 3s dance 6 bars of Double Triangles
25-32 1s and 3s dance out own sides and cast 1 place, all set and turn partners RH. 24153

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


Preston Mill
Margaret Martin   RSCDS Book 45
Reel   5 x 32 bars   5 Couple Repeat   5 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-8   1M cross down, giving right shoulder to 2L, into figure of 8 on the side around 2L1L WHILE 2M similarly dance figure of 8 around 3L2L WHILE 4L cross up, giving right shoulder to 3M, into figure of 8 around 3M4M WHILE 5L similarly dance figure of 8 around 4M5M, all finishing in original places;

  9-12 1M 3L, followed by partners, cast 1 place and cross to opposite sides;

13-16 2s1s 3s5s left hands across;

17-18 1s 3s set advancing and turn right about, finishing facing opposite sides;

19-24 1s 3s dance bars 1-6 of double triangles, finishing facing own sides;

25-26 1s 3s cast one place;

27-28 2s4s1s5s3s set on the sides;

29-32 all turn by the right.

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


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This Scottish country dance was devised by Margaret Martin for the 50th Anniversary Dinner And Dance of the East Lothian RSCDS Branch in 2002.

Preston Mill is a watermill on the River Tyne at the eastern edge of East Linton on the B1407 in East Lothian, Scotland.

There has been a mill on the site since the 16th century, the present mill dating from the 18th century and is in the care of the National Trust for Scotland. It was used commercially until 1959, and it produced oatmeal. The River Tyne still drives the water wheel, and the machinery can still be seen at work by visitors taking part in a tour.

Preston Mill consists of a kiln, a mill, and the miller's house. The mill wheel dates back to 1909. The mill is a popular visitor attraction and is beloved by painters and photographers, especially the kiln with its conical red pantile roof.

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Preston Mill


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