Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary


Scottish Country Dance Instruction

BAIGLIEBURN (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Ruary Laidlaw St Abb's Collection

1- 8 1s+2s+3s set, cross RH, set, cross RH
9-16 1s lead down (3 steps), lead up and cast to 2nd place
17-24 1s pass LSh to turn 1st corner RH, partner LH, corner RH, cross LH to place
25-32 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back

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

A 32 bar strathspey for three couples in a four couple set.

1 - 8 First, second and third couples join hands on the side and set once and cross over with right hands, then set again and cross back with right hands.
9-16 First couple lead down the middle for three steps, turn and lead back up to the top for three and cast off into second place.
17-24 First couple, passing left shoulders in the middle, dance Corners finishing in second place ready for...
25-32 Second, first and third couples circle round and back.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Ruary Laidlaw, 1998)

Dance Notes

This dance was composed as a simple strathspey involving Strathspey Setting and Corners. It is easy enough to do Corners starting from the side line, in strathspey time.

Dance Information

The stone cottage "Big Law Burn", (pronounced "baiglieburn") on the outskirts of Eyemouth is where my family lived for 4 or 5 years just prior to coming to New Zealand in 1952.

My brother and I went to the local Eyemouth Primary School when Mr Dunnet was the much feared headmaster. Our mother taught mathematics amongst other things at the high school. We walked down the road just visible on the left.

To the left of the house amongst the trees and shrubs was the burn that came down from the Big Law or hill seeking its way down to the Eye Water and so to the sea not far away.

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