Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Da Tushker

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

DA TUSHKER (R8x32) 3C (4C set) John Bowie Dickson

1- 8 1s set, cross down to 2nd place, set and cross RH
9-16 1s dance reels of 3 on own sides (RSh to 3rd corners) and end giving RH
17-24 1s dance reels of 3 across (RSh to 2nd corner)
25-32 1s followed by 2s lead down between 3s, cast and lead up between 2s and cast to 2nd place

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

Dance Information

A tushker is a type of spade used for digging peat.

It is similar to the Highland cas-chrom (bent foot) which is the most common variety of foot plough used for cultivation, in the north west of Scotland.

Peat Bank Complete With Tushker

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