Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Baldovan Jig

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

BALDOVAN JIG (J4x32) 4C set Douglas Henderson Baldovan Dances

1- 8 All cross RH and cross back LH, 1s lead down between 2s, Cross&Cast up to 1st place opposite sides
9-16 1s+2s+3s dance reels of 3 on sides, 1s dancing between 2s to start and 1s end in 2nd place (on opposite sides)
17-24 1s+3s+4s dance reels of 3 on sides, 1s dancing out and 3s in and up to start, 1s end in 3rd place (on opposite sides)
25-32 All set, 1s cast to bottom, lead up 1 place, Cross&Cast back to bottom

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


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


Dance Information

Also see the dance Baldovan Reel from Baldovan Set Dances (Paperback 1960) by Douglas Henderson.
Also see the dance Baldovan Strathspey from Baldovan Set Dances (Paperback 1960) by Douglas Henderson.

This dance, Baldovan Jig, was devised by Douglas Henderson who lived for a time in Dundee and named it after Baldovan, an old village to the north of Strathmartine which is itself to the north of Dundee, in the Scottish county of Angus.

Baldovan village was developed most significantly in the 1830s in order to expand Dundee to the north.

For a long while the village became an independent community with their own tram terminus and railway station, Baldovan and Downfield, serving the northern suburbs of Dundee around Strathmartine, including Bridgefoot, Downfield and Baldovan. Services were provided by the Dundee and Newtyle Railway.

Baldovan village however, is no longer there having been substantially swallowed up in Dundee's later redevelopments, only now remembered in Baldovan Road, which runs from Strathmartine to Downfield.

Recommended Music: Baldovan Jig composed by Betty Low, published in Baldovan Set Dances.

Baldovan Set Dances
Baldovan Set Dances, 1960

Baldovan, an old village to the north of Strathmartine
Baldovan 1974


Dance information licensed under this Creative Commons Licence 3.0.
Text from this original Baldovan Railway Station article on Wikipedia.
Image copyright Ben Brooksbank under this Creative Commons Licence 2.0.

Back to the top of this Scottish Country Dancing Instructions 'Baldovan Jig' page