Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Crooket Horned Ewie

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

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

1- 8 1s lead down below 2s, Cross&Cast down to 3rd place opposite sides, 2s repeat this Fig
9-16 3s repeat the Fig 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
25-32 1s lead 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.

The Crooket Horned Ewie Song - Information Video

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


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