1- 8 1s turn RH and cast 1 place, 1s dance LSh round 1st corners to 2nd place opposite side facing 2nd corners
9-16 1s dance ½ Reel of 3 on the sides and dance ½ Reel of 3 across (1M with 3s at top, 1L with the 2s)
17-24 1s turn LH, turn 3rd corners RH (1st corner person) and pass RSh to turn 4th corner RH ending in 2nd place own side in prom hold with 4th corner
25-32 1s+4th corners Prom diag across (pass RSh) to diag opposite corner and ½ turn to end 1s in 2nd place opposite side, 1s dance ½ Diag R&L (M up, L down) to end in 2nd place
(MINICRIB, Dance Crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)
1-4 1s turn by the right and cast;
5-8 1s half figures of 8 (L up, M down);
9-12 1s half reel of 3 on opposite sides;
13-16 1M3s half reel of 3 across (at top) WHILE 1L2s half reel of 3 across;
17-18 1s turn by the left;
19-20 1s turn first corners (in partners' first corners' positions) by the right;
21-24 1s pass partner by the right, turn second corners (in partners' second corners' positions) by the right and take promenade hold;
25-28 1M2L 1L3M promenade across the set (giving right shoulder) finishing 3L1L3M on M's side, 2L1M2M on L's side;
29-32 half diagonal rights and lefts, 1L diagonally down to start, 1M up.
(MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)
The words are taken from the first line of the Bratach Bàna - Song, "A mhic Iarla nam bratach bàna" which means "O son of the Earl of the white banners". Literally, Bratach bàna means "of white flags" or "of white banners".
Waulking songs are Scottish folk songs, traditionally sung in the Gaelic language by women while waulking (working, fulling) cloth. This practice involved a group of people beating newly woven tweed rhythmically against a table or similar surface to soften it. Simple, beat-driven songs were used to accompany the work.
"Bratach bàna" should be pronounced as "Braht~ch bahn~" in English with stress on the first syllable of both words and the following conventions:
"ah" is as in "shah";
"~" represents the very short, indeterminate, vowel sound; and
"ch" is as in "loch".
See Gaelic Dance Names for more information on Gaelic spelling and pronunciation.
It is commonly but erroneously believed that "Bratach bàna" refers to the Fairy Flag ("Bratach sith", pronounced "Braht~ch shee") which is held by the Clan MacLeod in Dunvegan Castle on Skye.