Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Atholl Brose

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

ATHOLL BROSE (J4x64) 4C set John Drewry Canadian Book
3s and 4s start on opposite sides

1- 8 1s+2s also 3s+4s dance ½ double Fig of 8 (2s and 3s cross up/down to start), 1M+2M also 3M+4M turn RH on sides while partners turn LH
9-16 Repeat using other hand to turn on sides
17-24 2L crosses to 3rd place Men's side while 3M crosses to 2nd place Men's side while partners cross to Ladies' side opposite partners, 3s turn RH while 2s turn LH
25-32 2s and 3s repeat back to original place
33-40 All petronella turn into centre, set and ¾ turn RH, 1s+2s also 3s+4s dance ½ RH across. 21(4)(3)
41-48 1s+4s dance LH across, 2s+1s also 4s+3s dance RH across
49-56 All reel of 4 on sides ending 1M and 4L also 1L and 4M passing RSh giving RH into prom hold to face each other across set
57-64 All Promenade ½ way round each other (Ladies passing RSh On 4th bar they dance in to join nearer hands with partner with 4s in 2nd place facing up and 1s in 3rd place facing down, 4s and 1s dance up/down and cast to 2nd/3rd place. 24(1)(3)

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

Dance Information

Atholl Brose is a Scottish sweet oatmeal dessert drink obtained by mixing oatmeal brose, honey, whisky, and sometimes cream particularly on festive occasions. When made with cream the drink is somewhat like Baileys Irish Cream.

According to legend, the drink is named after the 1st Earl of Atholl, who quashed a Highland rebellion in 1475 by filling the rebel leader's well with the mixture, making him easily captured.

Atholl Brose recipe; 7 parts oatmeal brose, 7 parts whisky, 5 parts cream, 1 part honey.

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