Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Captain Ross

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

CAPTAIN ROSS (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Jack McConachie 18C Dances

1- 8 1s set, cast 1 place and dance ½ Fig of 8 round 2s
9-16 2s+1s dance R&L 1s end in diagonal line with 1st corners
17-24 1s Balance-in-Line with 1st corners, turn RH to 2nd corners, Balance-in-Line with 2nd corners and turn RH
25-32 1s dance out between 2L+3L, 1L casts up and 1M down, into centre and out Men's side, cast and dance into 2nd place own sides

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

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The collector of this reel, Jack McConachie, was a member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. He discovered a manuscript in Oxford University's Bodleian Library, "A Collection of the Newest Country Dances Performed in Scotland" written in 1740 at Edinburgh by D.A. Young, W.M.

McConachie adapted the phrasing of the dances to bring them more into line with 20th century Scottish country dancing of his time, while keeping true to the original style and character of the original dances.

The book "Scottish country dances of the eighteenth century" was published in 1960 by the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.

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