Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Bill Clement MBE

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

BILL CLEMENT MBE (J8x32) 3C (4C set) John Wilkinson RSCDS Book 47

1- 8 1s set and dance down between 3s and cast up to end LH with partner facing 1st corners
9-16 1s set and turn inwards to face 3rd corners, 1s set to 3rd corners and turn corners LH to end RH with partner facing 2nd corners
17-24 1s set and turn inwards to face 4th corners, 1s set to 4th corners and turn corners RH to end 2nd place own side
25-32 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back

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

Bill Clement MBE
John Wilkinson  RSCDS Book 47
Jig   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-2   1s set;

  3-8   taking nearer hands, 1s lead down below 3s and cast up to finish left hands joined, facing first corners;

  9-10 1s set to corners, releasing hands, turning on the spot and taking right hands to finish facing partner's first corner;

11-12 1s set to partner's first corner;

13-16 1s turn partner's first corner by the left, finishing right hands joined, facing second corners;

17-18 1s set to corners, releasing hands, turning on the spot and taking left hands to finish facing partner's second corner;

19-20 1s set to partner's second corner;

21-24 1s turn partner's second corner by the right, finishing in 2nd place on own sides;

25-32 2s1s3s 6 hands round and back.

(MAXICRIB. Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)

Dance Notes

  3-4   2s step up.

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Bill Clement (1923-2012) was a dancer, a piper, and a dedicated teacher of both SCD and piping.

He was born in Perth and became an apprentice joiner. When he was 18 he ripped up a letter exempting him from National Service and threw it into the River Tay, and so his life in the Black Watch began. He later became Piper Major of the 10th Battalion, Pipe Sergeant of the Atholl Highlanders, and the RSCDS piper.

While in the army, Bill learned and then went on to teach SCD. He was RSCDS Chairman 1996-8, and strove to increase the profile of SCD internationally.

An MBE was awarded in 2008 for Bill's services to piping and to SCD. He also received an award from the Japanese Consul General for strengthening ties between Japan and Scotland.

Tunes he composed included The Saltire Society Reel, and The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society - the latter being the tune for this very dance, Bill Clement MBE.

Atholl Highlanders
International Clan Gathering, The Atholl Highlanders' Pipe Band, 2009

Image copyright Kim Traynor [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.

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