Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Alister MacLeay

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

ALISTER MACLEAY (S4x32) 4C set Susan M Johnston BHS 9 for 2015
2 chords - on 2nd chord 3s and 4s cross to opposite sides

1- 8 All circle 8H ½ way round to Left. All set and cross RH
9-16 Repeat Bars 1-8 finishing in Allemande hold, 1s+2s face up, 3s+4s face down
17-24 Interlocking Allemandes: Bars 19-20 1s and 4s pass on sides then complete Allemandes to finish 2(4)1(3)
25-32 4s+1s dance RH across. 4s and 1s dance ½ Figs 8 (4s up round 2s, 1s down round 3s) 24(1)(3)

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


Dance Information

This strathspey was devised by Sue Johnston, Scottish country dancer, in memory of the late Alister MacLeay, who was brought up in Kinlochleven although his family originated from the Isle of Lewis. He became a Captain in the Seaforth Highlanders and served in Normandy and the Low Countries in World War II. He moved to southern England in the 1950s. As a keen and accomplished dancer, he joined the Tadley Scottish Country Dancers, becoming Chairman and, later, Honorary Life President of the club. He passed away in 2003.

The dance was devised in 1997 to celebrate Alister's 80th birthday, hence the 8s and 0s in the formations. It is usually danced to The Hills of Lorne to reflect the area in which he grew up.

Tadley is a town and civil parish in the English county of Hampshire.

During the 1950s and 1960s, the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment (AWRE), now known as AWE, became the area's largest employer and a large number of houses were built during this period to accommodate AWRE workers. The Tadley Scottish Country Dancers currently (2017) dance at the establishment's (now AWE) Recreational Society.

A local legend dating from the late 19th century claims that there were treacle mines located in the village, and until well into the 20th century the locals were referred to as "Tadley Treacle Miners". Tadley holds an annual "Treacle Fair" in honour of this legend in early June.

In another North Hampshire legend it was believed that Tadley houses had no doors, hence the remonstration, "Do you come from Tadley?", to anyone who failed to close the door on entering.

Tadley - Information Video

Tadley Image
Tadley Buttercup Meadow With Public Footpath


Published in http://www.minicrib.org.uk/Publications/BHS%209%20for%202015.pdf
Some Dance Information by the deviser and by Reuben Freemantle.
Other Dance Information licensed under this Creative Commons Licence.
Text from this original Tadley article on Wikipedia.
Image Copyright Andrew Smith under this Creative Commons Licence.

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