Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Birks Of Abergeldie

Scottish Country Dance Instruction


1- 8 1s set and cast 1 place (2s step up), set and cast to 3rd place (3s step up)
9-16 1s set, lead up to places (2s+3s step down), cross RH and cast to 2nd place opposite sides (2s step up)
17-24 2s+1s dance R&L 1s end facing 1st corners
25-32 1s set and turn 1st corners, set and turn 2nd corners
33-40 1s dance down between 3s, cast up to 2nd place and turn partner 2H to end in centre (on opposite sides)
41-48 1s dance up between 2s, cast to 2nd place and turn partner 2H 1½ times

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

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

The title of this dance, The Birks Of Abergeldie, comes from The Birks Of Abergeldie - Song the Scottish melody, first recorded in manuscript, in 1694.

Bonie lassie, will ye go,
Will ye go, will ye go,
Bonie lassie, will ye go
To the birks of Aberfeldy?

The chorus of this older song formed the basis of The Birks Of Aberfeldy - Song written by Robert Burns in 1787, sung to the tune, The Birks Of Abergeldie.

The RSCDS prefer "Miss Dunbreck" and "The Wind That Shakes the Barley" as music for this dance.

Birks Of Abergeldie
Birks Of Abergeldie Printed Music, c. 1820

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