Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Robert The Bruce

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

ROBERT THE BRUCE (R4x32) 4C set Ruary Laidlaw Clapyerhands

1- 8 All clap (2 bars, 4 claps), all clap hands with partner (2 bars), all clap hands with neighbour (2 bars), all stamp 1 foot (2 bars, 4 stamps)
9-16 1s cast to 4th place as 2s+3s+4s turn RH moving up 1 place, all turn LH
17-24 1s followed by 4s, 3s and 2s march or dance down middle and back to places
25-32 All circle 8H round and back

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

Robert the Bruce
A 4 x 32 bar Reel, for 4 couples, or more, in a longwise set facing partners.

1 - 8 All four couples clap hands for the first two bars: 1, 2, 3 and 4.
All four couples clap hands with partner for two bars: 1, 2, 3 and 4.
All four couples clap hands with the person beside them sideways for two bars: 1, 2, 3 and 4. i.e. left hand sideway with the person on their left, and right hand sideways with the person on their right.
All four couples stamp one foot for two bars: 1, 2, 3 and 4.
9-12 The first couple cast off to the bottom of their set for eight skips...
While the other three couples take a shake right hands grip with their partner and turn them round for eight skips finishing one place up the set.
13-16 Each couple then changes to a left hand shake with their partner and turns them the other way for eight skips to finish on the side of the set where they started, facing up to the music.
17-24 Everybody turns and faces down the set in their lines i.e. away from the music.
Altogether they march or skip eight steps down the middle of the set away from the music beside their partner. Then they all turn round towards their partner on the eighth step and face back up in their lines i.e. towards the music and march or skip eight steps back beside their partner to finish back where they started..
25-32 All four couples skip or slip step an eight hands circle, round and back, ready to start again.
Repeat three more times.

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Ruary Laidlaw)

Dance Notes

All facing down (away from the music) after turning their partner ready to march away eight steps, and then turning towards their partner to face the top ready to march back. Do a slip step for the circle.

Dance Information

Bars 1 to 8 show Bruce's men "discussing" the plans for the battle.
Bars 9 to 16 show them getting ready to march with their "brothers in arms'
Bars 17 to 24 the men marching off to battle and returning..
Bars 25 to 32 show the men celebrating their victory.

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