Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Braes Of Balquhidder (18C Dances)

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE BRAES OF BALQUHIDDER (R8x32) 3C (4C set) 18C Dances

1- 8 1s+2s dance RH across and 1s cast 1 place as 2s lead up
9-16 1s+3s dance RH across and 1s cast 1 place as 3s lead up
17-24 1s lead up to top, cast to 2nd place, lead down and cast round 3s to 2nd place own sides
25-32 1s pass RSh, dance out on opposite sides, cast round 1st corner, turn RH, dance out ends and cast round 4th corner to 2nd places

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

Dance Information

Also see the dance The Braes Of Balquhidder (MacNab) by Mary Isdal MacNab.

The title of this dance, The Braes Of Balquhither, (pronounced "balwhidder", with the 'wh' being pronounced as in 'what') comes from The Braes Of Balquhither - Song a folk song by Scottish poet Robert Tannahill, a contemporary of Robert Burns, Set to the air "Bochuiddar".

Let us go, lassie, go
To the braes o' Balquhither,
Where the blae-berries grow
'Mang the bonnie Highland heather;

Braes are what the Scottish call the sloping banks of a river-valley, slope or hillside.

Balquhidder is a small village at the head of Loch Voil in Stirling, Scotland, about 50 miles (80 Km) north of Glasgow.

The churchyard at Balquhidder is Rob Roy's final resting place and the seat of the clan MacLaren is the old parish of Balquidder.

The Braes Of Balquhidder Song - Information Video

Balquhidder - Information Video

Braes Of Balquhidder
Braes Of Balquhidder Looking Down Onto Loch Voil

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Additional search terms: Balquidder, Balquider.

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