1- 8 All circle 4H round and back
9-16 Couple facing anticlockwise dance between other couple and cast back to places and turn RH
17-24 Couple facing clockwise repeat 9-16
25-32 Progress with alternating arches:-
' All dance in direction they are facing, clockwise couple make arch, dance under arch, make arch, dance under arch to meet a new couple
(MINICRIB, Dance Crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)
The British Man O' War - Song is an old folksong (Roud index 372) which is thought to date from the early 1840s, when Britain was engaged in the "Opium Wars" with China.
The first three verses as sung by Walter Pardon (an English 20th century folk singer who preserved many folk songs) are below (Other versions exist). The ballad gave rise to other forms of the song such as the 'Yankee Man Of War' and the 'Fenian Man Of War'. (The dance, we suggest, probably inspired the dance Scottish Man Of War).
Pretty Susan fell a-weeping and this to him did say:
"How can you be so venturesome to throw yourself away?
For 'tis when I am twenty-one I shall receive my store,
Jolly sailor, do not venture on a British man-o'-war."
"Oh, Susan, lovely Susan, the truth to you I'll tell:
The British flag insulted is; Old England knows it well.
I may be crowned with laurels but, like a jolly tar,
I'll face the wars of China on a British man-o'-war."