Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Queen Mary Of Scotland

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QUEEN MARY OF SCOTLAND (S4x32) 4C set John Drewry Spring Collection 1988

1- 8 2s and 3s dance up/down between end couples and cast back to place, 1s and 4s dance down/up between 2s/3s and cast back to place
9-16 1s ½ turn RH down to 2nd place facing up as 4s ½ turn LH up to 3rd place facing down (2s+3s dance down/up and in to face 1s/4s). 2s+1s also 4s+3s set, dance RH across to sides. 2(1)(4)3
17-24 All dance reels of 4 on sides
25-32 1s+4s ½ turn 2H, set to partner, 1s followed by 4s dance up between 2s and cast, 1s to 3rd, 4s to 2nd place 2413

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

Dance Notes

At the request of David Eastwood, who, along with the pupils of Bankhead Academy is the dedicatee of the dance, John Drewry produced this alternative version of the first eight bars:

  1-2   All join nearer hands on the sides and set to partners;

  3-4   1s cast to 2nd place WHILE 2s lead up (nearer hands) one place and turn about to face down with nearer hands joined WHILE 3s lead down (nearer hands) to 4th place and turn about to face up with nearer hands joined WHILE 4s cast up to 3rd place;

  5-6   1M4M 1L4L join nearer hands on the sides and all set facing in as in a square set;

  7-8   1s cast up to 1st place WHILE 2s lead down (nearer hands) to 2nd place WHILE 3s lead up (nearer hands) to 3rd place WHILE 4s cast down to 4th place, all finishing in the side lines, 2s 3s facing out.

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Mary, Queen of Scots (1542 - 1587), was Scottish Queen regnant from 1542 to 1567. In the lists of Scottish sovereigns, she is recognized as Mary I (Mary II being her great-great-granddaughter).
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