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Arthur's Seat

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ARTHUR'S SEAT (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Jack McConachie SCD of the 18C

1- 8 1s+2s dance RH across, 1s cast down 1 place (2s dance up) and 1s set
9-16 1s+3s dance LH across, 1s cast down 1 place (3s dance up) and 1s set
17-24 1s dance up to top and cast, dance down between 3s and cast up and face 1st corners
25-30 1s dance 'Hello-Goodbye' setting (6 bars) Bars 31-32 1s petronella turn to 2nd place own sides

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


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Arthur's Seat is a hill peak (822 ft, 250m) in Edinburgh, Scotland, which affords spectacular views of the city. The peak is part of a volcano system (extinct) and is over 300 million years old.
Arthur's Seat is so-named as some believed it to be the site of Camelot, King Arthur's castle.

The collector of this reel, Jack McConachie, was a member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. He discovered a manuscript in Oxford University's Bodleian Library, "A Collection of the Newest Country Dances Performed in Scotland" written in 1740 at Edinburgh by D.A. Young, W.M.
McConachie adapted the phrasing of the dances to bring them more into line with 20th century Scottish country dancing of his time, while keeping true to the original style and character of the original dances.
The book "Scottish country dances of the eighteenth century" was published in 1960 by the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.

Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh Image
Arthurs Seat Viewed From The Palace Of Holyrood House Gardens


Image Copyright Richard Dear under this Creative Commons Licence.

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