The Cairn Strathspey
Scottish Country Dance InstructionTHE CAIRN STRATHSPEY (S4x32) 4C set Roy Goldring
1- 8 1s+2s and 3s+4s dance RH across opening out to circle 8H round ½ way ending 4321 on opposite sides
9-12 4L+3L also 2L+1L dance between partners, divide and dance back to end Ladies facing each other for reel of 4 on side (Mens)
13-16 Ladies dance ½ reel of 4
17-24 Men repeat bars 9-16 passing between Ladies who are not their partners
25-32 1s cross RH and cast to 4th place while 2s+3s+4s set and cross up RH, all turn 2H once round
(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)
Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams
Dance InformationA cairn is a manmade pile of stones, often in a conical form. They are usually found in uplands, on moorland, on mountaintops or near waterways.
The word cairn comes from the Scottish Gaelic: càrn.
In modern times, cairns are often erected as landmarks, a use they have had since ancient times. However, since prehistory, they have also been built and used as burial monuments; for defense and hunting; for ceremonial purposes, sometimes relating to astronomy; to locate buried items, such as caches of food or objects; and to mark trails, among other purposes.
In Scotland, it is traditional to carry a stone up from the bottom of a hill to place on a cairn at its top. In such a fashion, cairns would grow ever larger.
An old Scottish Gaelic blessing is Cuiridh mi clach air do chàrn, "I'll put a stone on your stone". In Highland folklore it is recounted that before Highland clans fought in a battle, each man would place a stone in a pile. Those who survived the battle returned and removed a stone from the pile. The stones that remained were built into a cairn to honour the dead.
A Cairn Marking A Mountain Peak
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