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BEDRULE (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Betty Grant RSCDS Book 33

1- 8 1s+2s turn 2H on sides (2 bars) opening out to circle 4H round to left (4 bars), 1s and 2s turn partners 2H (2 bars) and end in centre with 3s dancing in ready for...
9-16 1s+2s+3s Promenade ending with 1s casting to 2nd place
17-24 1s+3s dance RH across once round, 2s+1s dance LH across once round
25-32 2s+1s+3s dance reels of 3 on own sides 1s giving RSh to 3s

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

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Dedicated to the deviser, Betty Grant's, great great grandmother E. Dickson, who moved to Canada from a town called Bedrule, in the heart of Roxburghshire on the Scottish borders.

The population of Bedrule in 1801 was just 260.

In 1984, RSCDS Book 33 was issued, including a fine Strathspey named Bedrule. This dance was the work of one of our long-time members, the late Betty Grant, a prolific deviser of dances. Bedrule celebrated Betty's place of birth in Scotland.

Bedrule is a hamlet alongside the River Rule in Roxburghshire, known also as Rule Water. Now part of the Scottish Borders Region, this area was the home of the Turnbulls, a somewhat unruly clan owing to their continued resistance to control by the Royal House of Stuart.

Betty Grant, nee Dickson, also claimed Turnbull ancestry through her grandmother and was related to William Turnbull, a founder of Glasgow University in the fifteenth century. At one time, Bedrule Castle was a Turnbull stronghold, but now it is reduced to nothing but a grassy mound behind the church.

Good authority has it that the strathspey Bedrule came to Betty in a dream. She quickly transposed her dream dance to paper and sent it to Miss Milligan; it later appeared in Book 33. Bedrule was enjoyed as part of our Fiftieth Anniversary Gala Day Dance Programme on September 15, 2007.

Betty Grant
Betty Grant

The Barry Pipes Canon 009- September, 2007. (Many thanks to David Grant for his important input to this article. BP)

Dance information from Set&Link, RSCDS Toronto Newsletter - What's In A Name?
The Barry Pipes Canon 2005 - 2018, reproduced here with kind permission. Copyright Barry Pipes. All rights reserved.

Origins of the name Turnbull.

A legendary account of the Turnbull name was told by Hector Boece, in his History of Scotland. Boece tells the legend that during the Wars of Scottish Independence William of Rule saved King Robert Bruce by wrestling to the ground a bull that had charged at the King. For this feat, the King rewarded William with the lands of Philiphaugh, now part of Selkirk, and dubbed Rule "Turnebull" (the "e" was later dropped from the name).

Many more theories of the origins of the name Turnbull may be found on the Clan-Turnbull link below.

A Row Of Houses In Bedrule

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Text from this original Clan-Turnbull article on Wikipedia.
Upper image copyright Betty Grant, Barry Pipes. All rights reserved.
Lower Image copyright James Denham under this Creative Commons Licence 2.0.

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