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The Clansman

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THE CLANSMAN (R8x32) 2C (4C set) Derek Haynes RSCDS Book 32

1- 8 1s cross RH and cast down 1 place, 2s+1s dance ½ RH across and set
9-16 1s+2s dance R&L, ending with Men turning Ladies into centre to form a line across
17-24 1s+2s dance the Targe:-
' 17-18 1st and 2nd Ladies ¾ turn RH while Men dance ¼ way round anticlockwise
' 19-20 1st Man with 2nd Lady and 1st Lady with 2nd Man full turn LH
' 21-22 1st and 2nd Ladies ¾ turn RH while Men dance ¼ way round anticlockwise
' 23-24 1st Man with 2nd Lady and 1st Lady with 2nd Man turn LH to end on sides 1s facing up and 2s facing down
25-32 2s+1s set facing on sides, turn to face partners and set, 1s lead up crossing RH and cast to 2nd place on own sides

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


The Clansman
Derek Haynes   RSCDS Book 32
Reel   8 x 32 bars   2 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-4   1s cross by the right and cast;

  5-8   2s1s right hands across halfway and set on sides, finishing 1s at top, 2s on opposite sides;

  9-16 1s2s rights and lefts finishing with an extra ¼ turn by the left so that Ls are in centre;

17-24 the targe:

17-18 1L2L turn by the right ¾ WHILE 2M 1M chase round anticlockwise, finishing 2M1L2L1M in line up and down;

19-20 2M1L 2L1M turn by the left;

21-22 1L2L turn by the right ¾ WHILE 2M 1M chase round anticlockwise, finishing 2M1L2L1M in line across;

23-24 2M1L 2L1M turn by the left ¾, finishing with 1s in 2nd place on opposite sides;

25-26 1s 2s set facing up and down;

27-28 1s2s set on the sides;

29-32 1s half figures of 8 round 2s.

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


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Dance Information

It's been reported that the deviser based the figure, the Targe, (late Old English word for shield) on a badly danced Ladies' Chain.

A Clansman is a member of a clan, a group of people united by actual or perceived kinship and descent. Even if lineage details are unknown, clan members may be organized around a founding member or apical ancestor. Clans preceded more centralised forms of community organization and government. Members may identify with a coat of arms or other symbol to show they are an independent clan.

The word clan is derived from the Gaelic "clann" meaning "children" or "progeny". According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word was introduced into English in around 1425, as a label for the nature of the society of the Scottish Highlands.

A Scottish clan is a kinship group among the Scottish people. Clans give a sense of shared identity and descent to members, and in modern times have an official structure recognised by the Court of the Lord Lyon, which regulates Scottish heraldry and coats of arms. Most clans have their own tartan patterns, usually dating from the 19th century, which members may incorporate into kilts or other clothing.

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A romantic depiction of a clansman illustrated by R. R. McIan
A Romantic Depiction Of Clansman, Shaw, MacFarlane, Ferguson, Illustrated By R. R. McIan (1803-1856)


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