Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Bon Accord

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

BON ACCORD (R8x40) 3C (4C set) John Drewry Bon Accord Book

1- 4 1M dances ½ LSh reel of 3 across with 2s
5- 8 1M picks up partner in prom hold and dance a further ½ reel with 2s
9-12 1L dances ½ reel with 2s while 1M casts 1 place with a loop (4 bars)
13-16 1M dances ½ LSh reel with 3s while 1L casts with a loop
17-20 1M picks up partner in prom hold and dance ½ reel with 3s
21-24 1L continues with ½ reel with 3s while 1M dances LSh round 2L
25-28 1M dances RSh round 3L while 1L dances RSh round 2M
29-32 1s set and turn RH
33-40 1s cast (Man up, Lady down), cross over, cast to 2nd place and cross to own side while 2s and 3s petronella to own sides

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

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

Bon Accord is the motto of the city of Aberdeen and is often used as another of the many nicknames for the city; it means "Good Agreement" in French.

Legend tells that its use dates from the 14th century password used by Robert the Bruce during the Wars of Scottish Independence, when he and his men laid siege to Aberdeen Castle before destroying it in 1308 and massacring the English Garrison, retaking Aberdeen for the townspeople.

The secret phrase to initiate the campaign was "Bon Accord".

Armorial bearings of Aberdeen - Bon Accord Image

Armorial bearings of Aberdeen - Bon Accord

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Text from this original Heraldry Of Aberdeen article on Wikipedia.

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