Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Cornet's Chase

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE CORNET'S CHASE (J4x40) 4C set John Bowie Dickson Dunedin Dances Book 3
3s and 4s start on opposite sides

1- 8 1s and 4s cross RH, cast in 1 place, set and ½ turn partner RH into prom hold (1s facing up and 2s down)
9-16 1s and 4s dance reels of 3 across giving RSh to corner and end with 1s on Men's side and 2s on Ladies' side
17-24 1s+4s dance LH across 1¼ times and face corner person. 1s turn corners RH (2 bars) and 1s+4s turn LH on sides (2 bars)
25-32 All dance reels of 4 on sides. 1L and 4L end facing out
33-40 4L and 1L followed by partner cast and dance down/up centre, Ladies right about turn (BtoB) to face and ¾ turn partner RH. 24(1)(3)

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

Dance Information

Devised for the wedding of Cathy Elliott and Norman Walker, in Hawick, September 1991. The cornet is the principal figure at the Riding of the Marches, celebrated each year in Hawick.

Common Riding is an annual event celebrated in Scottish Border towns and in some other places, to commemorate the times of the past when local men risked their lives in order to protect their town and people.

The Hawick (pronounced "hoyck") Common-Riding is the first of the Border festivals and celebrates the ancient custom of riding the boundaries of the parish/marches and the capture of an English Flag in 1514.

The first of the Cornet's Chases takes place up a hill called the "Knipknowes"

Cornet's Chase
The Selkirk Standard Bearer Leads In The Cavalcade At The Toll

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Text from this original Common Riding article on Wikipedia.

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