Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Bonnie Hoose O' Airlie

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE BONNIE HOOSE O' AIRLIE (J112) Sq.Set Charles Owen

Figure 1
1- 8 All Men pull back RSh and dance Fig of 8 round corner and partner (RSh to corner to start) while Ladies advance and retire twice (1 step in/out pas-de-basque)
9-16 All turn corners RH and partner LH

Figure 2
17-24 1s and 3s cast round anticlockwise, 1L dances behind 4M+4L and in front of 4L+4M and round 4M to face him while 1M dances behind and round 4M and behind 4M+4L and round to face her while 3s dance similarly round 2s
25-32 All set twice and turn opposite person RH
33-40 All dance RSh reels of 4 across
41-48 1s+4s also 3s+2s dance RH across and LH back ending in each other's place
49-80 2s and 4s repeat above Figs bars 17-48 all ending in opposite places

Figure 3
81-88 All Men set advancing to join hands in circle, Men continue setting while Ladies set advancing to join hands in front of Men as Men bring their arms over behind Ladies and Ladies bring arms over behind Men into Basket Figure
89-96 All circle left ½ way, set while Ladies bringing arms over Men and Men bring arms over Ladies, all retire setting to original places
97-104 All dance ½ Grand Chain
105-112 All Promenade anticlockwise ½ way, set twice with Lady turning under Man's right arm into centre on second setting for bow/curtsey

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


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Dance Information

The title of this dance, Bonnie Hoose O' Airlie, (pronounced "air lee") comes from The Bonnie House Of Airlie - Song a traditional Scottish folk song of the seventeenth century, telling the tale of the raid by Archibald Campbell, Earl of Argyll, on Airlie Castle, the home of James Ogilvy, Earl of Airlie, in the summer of 1640.

Lady Margaret looked o'er yon high castle wall,
And O but she sighed sairly.
She saw Argyle and a' his men
Come to plunder the bonny hoose o' Airlie.

The Bonnie House Of Airlie Song - Information Video

The Bonnie Hoose O' Airlie
The Bonnie House O' Airlie, James Eadie Reid 1859-1928, c. 1897


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