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Argyll's Bowling Green

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ARGYLL'S BOWLING GREEN (R8x32) 3C (4C set) RSCDS Book 15

1- 8 1s set and cast 1 place, 1s set and cast Lady up and Man down to end in lines across (1L between 2s facing down and 1M between 3s facing up)
9-16 1s+2s+3s advance and retire and circle 6H round to the left, 1s end facing 1st corners
17-24 1s set and turn 1st corners, set to 2nd corners and turn partner 2H to end 2nd place own sides
25-32 2s+1s circle 4H round to left and 2s+1s+3s turn RH

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

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The name of this dance, Argyll's Bowling Green, comes from the name of the promontory between Loch Goil and the upper stretches of Loch Long, an area on the Ardgoil estate in Argyll and Bute. It is also known as the Ardgoil peninsula and is the most southerly part of the Arrochar Alps.

The name is marked on James Dorret's 1750 General Map of Scotland and Islands thereto belonging. In the 1834-45 account by Rev John McDougal, minister of the area, he describes how people going to the low country (south) had to climb the "Duke of Argyle's bowling green". This was part of a route called the "Duke's Path" which started on the shore of Loch Goil and ended at a place called Mark on the shore of Loch Long where you crossed the loch by boat.

The name is an anglicisation of the Gaelic, which may be consciously humorous, as there is very little flat land. The name originally referred to a small grazing ground on the south east side of the peninsula above Mark but is sometimes used to describe the peninsula.

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Argyll's Bowling Green
Loch Goil Branching Off Loch Long, Seen From Above Portincaple
View Westward From Whistlefield Over The Tip Of The Argyll Bowling Green To Loch Long

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