The Birks Of Invermay
Scottish Country Dance Instruction
THE BIRKS OF INVERMAY
(S8x32) 3C (4C set) Thomas Skillern RSCDS Book 16
1- 8 1M+2L turn 2H, 1L+2M turn 2H (3 bars) and 1s+2s+3s dance in for...
9-16 1s+2s+3s Promenade
17-24 1s cross RH, cast to 2nd place, cross up between 2s and cast to 2nd place (2s move up on bars 23-24)
25-32 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back
(MINICRIB, Dance Crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)
Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams
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"The Birks of Endermay" (or Invermay) was a song published in William Thompson's "Orpheus Caledonius (1733)". It will always be associated with the Tragedy of Captain William Leslie and Dr. Benjamin Rush
. As "The Birks of Invermay" it was also sung by the Scots poet Robert Fergusson as he lay dying from a head injury, in the Edinburgh madhouse, aged 24, in 1774. The original lyrics were by David Mallet (or Malloch) - though inevitably Robert Burns later got in on the act too! Invermay is a place 8 km SW of Perth in central Scotland; and "birk" is Scots for a birch-tree. Who devised the dance, and when, isn't entirely clear but it is credited to Thomas Skillern in his book of 24 dances published in 1795.
A Forest Of Birches, Scotland
Dance information by Sir Christopher MacRae, KCMG.
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