Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Auchencairn (Foss)

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

AUCHENCAIRN (R8x32) 2C (4C set) Hugh Foss Glendarroch Sheet 12
Note: "Petronella-to-Left" = 4 PdeB steps going diagonally forward to Left and turning ¾ round to Left on 2nd/3rd steps

1- 8 1s Petronella turn and set (2s step up); 1s turn ¾ LH back to original places and set while 2s Petronella turn and set (1M now facing 2L, 2M facing 1L)
9-16 1L and 2M stand (4 bars) while 2L dances Petronella turn and 1M, dancing in front of 2L, dances Petronella-to-Left (1M and 2L have changed places); All dance RH across once round
17-24 1M+2M Petronella turn and set while 1L and 2L, going inside them, Petronella-to-Left; all dance LH across once round
25-32 1L dances anticlockwise round others to 2nd place own side (8 bars) as 1M dances Petronella turn and follows partner 2nd place own side while 2L stands (2 bars), dances Petronella turn, dances anticlockwise round to 1st place own side as 2M stands (4 bars), dances Petronella turn and follows 1M to end in 1st place own side

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


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Dance Information

Also see the dance Auchencairn (Keppie) by Maggie and Duncan Keppie.

Auchencairn is a village in the historical county of Kirkcudbrightshire in the Dumfries and Galloway region of Scotland, located on the coast of the Solway Firth at the head of Auchencairn Bay between the town of Dalbeattie to the east and Kirkcudbright to the west.

The name Auchencairn comes from the Scottish Gaelic "Achadh an càirn" or "Achadh nan carn" which translates as "the field of the cairn".

Auchen is Scottish for "field" and Cairn is Scottish for "mound of rough stones" typically built as a memorial or landmark, on a hilltop or skyline.

Auchencairn Image
Auchencairn Centre
The "Jubilee Lamp" Was Erected By Public Subscription In 1897 To Mark The Sixtieth Year Of Queen Victoria's Long Reign.


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