Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Deveron Reel

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE DEVERON REEL (R4x40) 4C set John Drewry Brodie Book
3s and 4s start on opposite sides

1- 8 1L+4M also 1M+4L dance Figs of 8 on own sides (dance between 2s/3s to start)
9-16 2s dance Fig of 8 round 1s while 3s dance Fig of 8 round 4s meeting in centre to form a circle
17-24 2s+3s set twice (in circle) on 2nd setting pivot right and dance LH across back to original places
25-32 All dance reels of 4 on sides with 2s+3s ending with a ½ turn LH onto sides for Balancing in Line
33-40 All Balance-in-Line twice, 1s+2s also 3s+4s ½ turn RH on sides, middle couples (4s+1s) dance LH across ½ way. 24(1)(3)

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

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

The River Deveron, known anciently as the Dovern, is a river in the north east of Scotland. The river has a length of 60 miles, and has a reputation for its salmon, sea trout and brown trout fishing.

The river has its source in the Ladder Hills between Glenbuchat and the Cabrach, part of the Grampian range. It begins as a small highland stream among peaty and heather covered country before leaving the hills and entering the rolling lowlands of fertile farmland. The two main streams in its upper course are the Alt Deveron and the Black Water. Some 17 miles downstream from the river's source, the river passes through the town of Huntly, where it is joined by its tributary, the River Bogie.

The name Deveron is derived from the Gaelic word "da-abluinn", meaning "double river", a reference to its two main streams.

River Deveron
A Calm Reach Of The River Deveron At The Foot Of The Braes Of Ardmeallie

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