Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Cadgers In The Canongate

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

CADGERS IN THE CANONGATE (R8x48) 3C (4C set) Walsh RSCDS Book 9

1- 8 1s dance reels of 3 on opposite sides (1M crosses to give RSh to 2L and 1L crosses down giving LSh to 3M)
9-16 1s dance reels of 3 on own sides (1L crosses to give RSh to 2L and 1M crosses down giving LSh to 3M)
17-24 1s set to 2L, set facing down, set to 2M and back to places
25-32 1s+2s set and dance RH across ½ way, set and dance LH back to places
33-40 1s cross RH, cast 1 place and turn LH 1½ times to own sides
41-48 2s+1s dance R&L

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


Cadgers in the Canongate
Walsh   RSCDS Book 9
Reel   8 x 48 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-8   1M cross into reel of 3 on Ls' side (giving right shoulder to 2L to start) WHILE 1L cross down into reel of 3 on Mn's side (giving left shoulder to 3M to start), all finishing in original places, 1L 2M 3L facing out;

  9-16 1s (giving right shoulder to 2s) parallel reels of 3 on own sides, finishing in the centre facing 2L, 1L on 1M's left, nearer hands joined;

17-18 1s set to 2L, finishing facing down;

19-20 1s set, finishing facing 2M;

21-24 1s set to 2M;

21-24 1s set retiring to original places;

25-26 1s2s set;

27-28 1s2s right hands across halfway;

29-30 2s1s set;

31-32 2s1s left hands across halfway;

33-36 1s cross by the right and cast;

37-40 1s turn by the left 1½ times;

41-48 2s1s rights and lefts.

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


Dance Notes

The RSCDS sanctions alternative versions of this dance: in one, as in the MiniCrib, 1s finish in partner's place at the end of bar 8; in the other, as in the MaxiCrib, 1s finish in own places. The following notes refer to the second version, only.

  1-8   Phrasing these reels is quite difficult; 1M 1L have much more ground to cover than in normal parallel reels.

  1-2   As in mirror reels, 1L must move quite quickly to 2M's place but 1M exceptionally so in order to reach 2L's place; 2L must help him by starting slowly and initially inwards.

  3-6   2s 1s 3s cover normally in this parallel part of the reels (but no hands, of course).

  7-8   1L must move quickly to complete the reel and cross to own place WHILE 1M must cross quickly to 2M's place and cast up to his original place.

  9-16 Normal parallel reels on own sides with covering (no hands) but a slightly awkward finish for 1L to reach the centre and face 2L.


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


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Dance Information

A 'cadger' was a hired carrier of goods.

The Canongate is the most celebrated of Edinburgh's historic streets.

The word 'gate' is the Germanic word for road, or way. The Canongate is so named because it was the 'way' from the walled town on the castle rock down to the Augustinian abbey of the Holyrood.

The Canongate Tolbooth, Edinburgh Image
The Canongate Tolbooth, Edinburgh


Image Copyright Kim Traynor under this Creative Commons Licence.

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