Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Barmkin

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THE BARMKIN (R88) Sq.Set Roy Goldring 24 G and S Dances

1- 8 1s+3s turn partners RH and Men followed by Ladies chase clockwise ½ way round set
9-16 1s+3s dance RH across in centre and LH back to "new" places
17-32 2s+4s repeat bars 1-16
33-40 1s+3s turn partners LH and Ladies followed by Men chase anticlockwise ½ way round set
41-48 1s+3s dance R&L
49-64 2s+4s repeat bars 33-48
65-72 All dance into centre and return with corners, Ladies dance round corners passing in front to begin and back to place
73-80 All with corners dance into centre and return with partners, Men dance round partners passing in front to begin and back to place
81-88 All circle 8H round and back

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

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Barmkin, also spelled barmekin or barnekin, is a Scots word which refers to a form of medieval and later defensive enclosure, typically found around smaller castles, tower houses, pele towers, and bastle houses in Scotland, and the north of England.

It has been suggested that etymologically the word may be a corruption of the word barbican. The barmkin would have contained ancillary buildings, and could be used to protect cattle during raids.

Examples of places which had barmkins include Halton Castle, Cheshire, Smailholm Tower, Scottish Borders, and Crichton Castle, Midlothian.

Barmkin Enclosures - Information Video

The Barmkin
Smailholm Tower, Showing The Barmkin Wall In The Foreground

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