Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Duchess Of Atholl's Slipper

Scottish Country Dance Instruction


1- 8 1L crosses down to dance reel of 3 on Men's side, with 1L passing 2M LSh. 1L crosses back to place from 1M's place
9-16 1M dances across top to dance reel of 3 with 1L+2L on Ladies' side, 1L passing 2L LSh. 1L and 2L dance loops back to original place as 1M crosses back to 1st place own side
17-24 1s set, turn 2H, lead down below 2s and cast up to top
25-32 1s+2s dance Allemande

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

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

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Dance Information

According to the dance researchers, J.F. and T.M. Flett, in their Traditional Dancing in Scotland, 1964, The Duchess Of Atholl's Slipper was one of only a few (around fifteen) strathspey tempo, longwise set, Scottish Country Dances (almost all from the 18th century) which had remained in the popular répertoire around the turn of the 20th century.

A dance called the Duchess's Slipper was published in 1796 in "Twenty-Four Country Dances" for the Year 1796.

The music for "The Duchess' Slipper" was published in "Niel Gow and Sons Second Collection", 1788, without the name of the composer. Later Gow publications call it "The Duchess of Atholl's Slipper", with Niel Gow (1727-1807) credited with its composition.

Duchess Of Atholl's Slipper
Duchess Of Atholl's Slipper
Women's Shoes By Hoppe, Stencilled Kid Leather, London, England, 1790-1805

Image copyright Daderot (Daderot) [CC0 or CC0], via Wikimedia Commons.

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