Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Blethering Ghillie

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE BLETHERING GHILLIE (S8x32) 3C (4C set) D Fuell

1- 8 1s+2s set and turn partners 2H, circle 4H round to left
9-16 1s+2s dance the Knot and 1s end facing 1st corners
17-24 1s dance pass and turn with 1st corners and pass RSh to face 2nd corners, pass and turn with 2nd corners and pass RSh to 2nd place own sides
25-32 1s dance Figs of 8 on own sides (RSh to 3rd corner) 1L ending between 2s and 1M between 3s, 1s ¾ turn LH to 2nd places

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

Dance Information

"Blethering" is Scots for "idle chatter". Ghillie" is Scots for either 'a man or boy who attends someone on a hunting or fishing expedition' or 'a type of shoe with laces along the instep and no tongue, used especially for Scottish country dancing'.

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