Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Hugh Foss

Dances Devised By The Scottish Country Dance Deviser - H. Foss

Airie Bennan
Alister McAlister
Auld Robin Gray
Awa' Whigs Awa'
Belfast Almanac
Black Craig Of Dee
Cairn Edward
Cairnsmore Of Carsphairn
Caller Herrin'
Castles In The Air
Celtic Brooch
Celtic Brooch (Elementary)
Celtic Brooch (Intermediate)
Celtic Brooch (Advanced)
Cousin Jim
Duncan MacCalman
Earlstoun Loch
For Lack Of Gold
Forteviot Jig
Fugal Fergus
Gallant Weaver
Garple Burn
Greenwich Hill
Hey, Johnnie Cope
In Garb Of Old Gaul
J.B. Milne
Jig For Liz
John McAlpin
Kendoon Strathspey
Laird O' Thrums
Loch Doon Castle
London Reel
Mantua Makers
Miss Stewart's Jig
Mr Morison
Mr William Brown's Reel
My Mither's Aye Glow'rin' Owre Me
My Tocher's The Jewel
Polharrow Burn
Roaring Jelly
Rob Roy
Sarah Anne Cheyne
Thrums Cairn
Wee Cooper O' Fife
Wha'll Be King But Charlie?

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams For Dances Devised By H. Foss

Belhaven (Jig)
Belhaven (Reel)
Belhaven (Strathspey)
Elizabeth Adair
Green Well Of Scotland
John Of Badenyon
Lucy Of Lammermoor
Marquis Of Huntley's Farewell
Nancy Dawson
Robert Fitchet
Shake Yourself

Dance Instruction Videos For Dances Devised By H. Foss

Dr Robertson
Mr Edward Wagstaff's Fancy
Hugh Foss has been described as a "code-breaking genius" who specialised in Japanese codes and had penetrated their diplomatic code in 1934 - so he was probably born before world war one. During the second world war, at Bletchley Park he continued this work, again concentrating on Japanese codes and making many important breakthroughs, including some relating to the German Enigma machine.

He was a tall, elegant, urbane Scot with a good humoured, easy manner. He organised the Bletchley Park Scottish Dance Group, which met regularly with "more elaborate dances every three to six months", often dancing on the croquet lawn in the summer.
Apparently the Circassian Circle was a great favourite because they wore out his record and the group had to buy him a new one.

Further information may be found in the book "The Secret Life Of Bletchley Park" by Sinclair McKay.