Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Dove Cot Chase

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE DOVE COT CHASE (J8x32) 3C (4C set) J Hellinghuizer

1- 8 1s+2s+3s circle 6H round and back
9-16 1s set, cast 1 place while 2s set and lead up, 2s and 1s repeat
17-24 1s followed by 2s and 3s cast 2 places and lead up to places
25-32 1s+2s dance Allemande

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

Dance Information

A dovecot or dovecote is a structure intended to house pigeons or doves.

In the middle ages and beyond, the dovecot, or doo-cot, was an essential part of castle or tower house life in Scotland. Although young doves or pigeons were taken for food, the real point of the dovecot was the bird lime. This was used for the building and maintenance of stone structures.

A good example of such a cot is Boath at Auldearn (now owned by the National Trust for Scotland). It is a 17th century building on the site of a much earlier motte (castle fortification).

Dove Cot Image
The Dove Cot Auldearn, Scotland

Image Copyright Martyn Gorman under this Creative Commons Licence.
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