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Dear Green Place

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DEAR GREEN PLACE (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Jessie Hamilton Glasgow Diamond Jubilee

1- 8 1s set, cast 1 place, 2s+1s+3s dance ½ Grand Chain (3s+1s+2s on opposite sides with 3s+2s facing diagonally in)
9-16 3s+1s+2 advance 2 steps, 1s turn to right and dance out to sides while 3s+2s set diagonally, 1s cast round 1st corner positions and dances down/up the middle to face 1st corners while 3s+2s dance LH across for ½ way and loop round to right to corner positions
17-24 1s dance Pass&Turn with 1st corners and pass RSh to face 2nd corners, dance Pass&Turn with 2nd corners
25-32 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back

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

Dance Information

Glasgow is known widely as the 'Dear Green Place', and indeed with so many parks, deservedly so.

Daniel Defoe's description of Glasgow (Glaschu) as a "Dear Green Place" has often been misquoted as a Gaelic translation for the town's name.

However, the name Glasgow is Brittonic in origin, with a first element being 'glas', meaning "grey-green, grey-blue", and the second 'cau', "hollow" (c.f. Welsh glas-cau), giving a meaning of "green-hollow". The green-hollow may refer to the ravine to the east of Glasgow Cathedral.

Dear Green Place, River Kelvin, Glasgow
River Kelvin, Glasgow
Seen From The Prince Of Wales Bridge Around 2 Miles West Of Glasgow Cathedral

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