Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary


Scottish Country Dance Instruction

BURNIEBOOZLE (R8x32) 3C (4C set) David G Queen Southport 1

1- 8 1s Set&Cast 1 place, turn partner LH 1½ times to opposite sides (M facing up L down)
9-16 2s+1s+3s dance reel of 3 on sides giving LSh to 2nd corner and ending with 1s turning RH to face 1st corners
17-28 1s Dance to Each Corner and Set:-
' 17-18 1s change places with 1st corners passing RSh and 1st corners pass RSh with a ¼ turn to right in centre to face 2nd corners (as 2nd corners set)
' 19-20 Original 1st corners change places with 2nd corners passing RSh and 2nd corners pass RSh with a ¼ turn to right to face 1s in 3rd corner (pstn) as 1s set
' 21-22 Original 2nd corners change places with 1s passing RSh and 1s pass RSh with a ¼ turn to right to face 2nd corner (pstn) as original 1st corners set
' 23-28 Repeat this Fig once more until 1s meet again in centre with 3s and 2s in 1st and 3rd places opposite sides
29-32 1s turn RH 1¼ times while 2s and 3s change places RH on the sides and cross over LH. 213

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

David G Queen   Southport 1
Reel   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-4   1s set and cast;

  5-8   1s turn by the left 1½ times;

  9-14 reels of 3 on wrong sides (1s giving left shoulder to second corners to start);

15-16 1s turn by the right to face first corners;

17-28 courage reels:

17-22 1s dance out to first corner positions, face in, set, dance back to the centre and pass right shoulder to face second corner positions WHILE first corners dance in to the centre, pass right shoulder, dance out to second corner positions, face in and set WHILE second corners set, dance in to the centre, pass right shoulder, dance out to first corner positions and face in;

23-28 all repeat the previous 6 bars from new positions (1s dancing out to second corner positions to start) finishing with corners interchanged;

29-32 3s2s half rights and lefts on the sides WHILE 1s turn by the right to finish in 2nd place.

(MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)

Dance Notes

'Dance to each Corner and Set' is also known as Courage Reels.

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Dance Information

The title of this dance, Burnieboozle, comes from Birnie Bouzle - Song written by James Hogg c.1810 and sung to the tune The Braes O' Tullymet.

Gin ye'll marry me, lassie,
At the kirk o' Birnie Bouzle,
Till the day ye dee, lassie,
Ye shall ne'er repent it.

The name Birnie Bouzle is possibly derived from Birnie 'land covered with birns, i.e. scorched stems of heather' and Bouzy 'covered with bushes'.

Birnie Bouzle Song - Information Video

James Hogg Painting Image
"James Hogg, 1770-1835. Poet; 'The Ettrick Shepherd' " Sir John Watson Gordon (1788 - 1864) (Scottish), Oil On Canvas, c. 1830

Image Copyright Sir John Watson Gordon [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
Additional search terms: Burnyboozle, Burnieboozel, Bernie Boozle.

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