Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Crooket Horned Ewie

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE CROOKET HORNED EWIE (S8x32) 3C (4C set) David Rutherford RSCDS Book 14

1- 8 1s lead down below 2s, Cross&Cast down behind 3s to 3rd place opposite sides (2s+3s step up), 2s repeat this Fig (3s+1s step up)
9-16 3s repeat the Fig (1s+2s step up) and all turn partners 2H 1½ times
17-24 1s lead down below 2s, Cross&Cast down behind 3s, lead up to top, Cross&Cast to 2nd place own sides (2s step up)
25-32 1s dance down below 3s, cast up to 2nd place and all turn 2H once round

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

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

The title of this dance, The Crooket Horned Ewie, comes from The Crooket Horned Ewie - Song written by John Skinner in c. 1780.

Oh, the yowie wi' the crookit horn
A' that kenned her could hae sworn
That sic a yowie ne'er was born
Here aboot or far awa'

It is thought that the title, The Crooket Horned Ewie, refers to the whisky-still with the crooked, spiral or corkscrew shape of the condenser being compared to a ewe's (female sheep) horn.

In a letter to "The Reel" magazine in 1954, a correspondent, C.F. Craigie, wrote

'The ewie is a vessel to hold the liquor and the crooked horn is the spiral condenser tube on top - the contraption used in the illicit preparation of "Highland Dew" '.

The Crooket Horned Ewie Song - Information Video

Crooket Horned Ewie
Crooket Horned Ewie c. 1894
The Black-Faced Scotch (Heather Sheep) Have Very Large And Spirally Twisted Horns

Dance information licensed under this Creative Commons Licence 3.0.
Text from this original Ewie wi' the Crookit Horn article on Wikipedia.
Image copyright Bennett, Frank P., ed [No restrictions], via Wikimedia Commons.

Back to the top of this Scottish Country Dancing Instructions 'The Crooket Horned Ewie' page