# One Third Schiehallion Reel

In a

*Triangular set*, the

*Quarter schiehallion reel* has to be modified slightly; it is convenient to define this form as a

*One third schiehallion reel*.

The slightly different geometry of the *Triangular set* means that the *Lady* three *Dancers* away on the right of a *Man* (his *Second corner*) is actually directly opposite him in that form of *Circular set*; it also means that the *Dancers Progress*, anticlockwise, one third of the way around *The set* (rather than one quarter as in the *Square set*) and so return to their *Original Places* after only three repetitions, taking 12 bars. This 12-bar *Figure* is sometimes called a *Triangular reel of six*; it occurs in bars 17-28 of Round Hay of Six.

One consequence of the *Man's Second corner* being opposite him in the *Triangular set* is that the *Men* must make a more conscious effort to *Give left shoulder* as they *Pass* in the *Centre* of *The set*; it will often help to keep the correct shape of the *Triangular set* if the *Men Dance Left hands across halfway* on bars 1-2 and the *Ladies* do the same on bars 3-4. This is recommended in the *Reel*, The Trefoil Badge, where the *Figure* occurs in bars 17-20 and then from the *Dancers'* new *Places* in bars 21-24; Diagram 109 shows the first two bars of the *Figure* as it occurs there in bars 17-18.

Diagram 109: One Third Schiehallion Reel: Bars 1-2.

Bars 1-2 of One third schiehallion reel in a triangular set; 1st couple's paths shown emboldened, the ladies' broken; arrow heads show the positions of the equally spaced dancers at the end of bar 2.

A more mathematical consequence is that this *Figure* is the same as *Interlocking reels Across* in a *Triangular set* but most *Dancers* will find the association with *Schiehallion reels* more helpful.

The *Ladies' One third schiehallion reel* is equally possible as a reverse form in a *Triangular set* in which the *Ladies* follow their *Second corners*, the *Men* follow their *Partners*, the *Dancers Progress* clockwise around *The set*, the *Ladies Dance Left hands across halfway* on bars 1-2 and the *Men* do the same on bars 3-4.

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