Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Captain Henderson's Hornpipe

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

CAPTAIN HENDERSON'S HORNPIPE (R3x32) 3C set John McLellan Hunter Valley Collection

1- 8 2s LSh reels of 3 across (Lady with 2s and Man with 3s)
9-16 2s reel of 3 on sides giving LSh to person on their Left
17-24 1s+2s ½ R&L, 1s+3s ½ R&L
25-32 1s turn RH while 2s and 3s cross RH and all circle 6H round to Left

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


Dance Information

Captain Donald Henderson (d. 1981) was a member the Hunter Valley Branch of the RSCDS in Australia. He danced into his early 90s.

Scottish by birth, at the age of 15 he went to sea. His maritime travels took him around Cape Horn four times. He finally settled down in Newcastle, New South Wales, as a Harbour Master.

"He was loved and respected by all."

Rounding Cape Horn Image
Rounding Cape Horn on The 'Parma' c. 1932-33


Image copyright Alan Villiers (1903-1982), [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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