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The Duke Of Atholl's Reel

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THE DUKE OF ATHOLL'S REEL (J8x32) 2C (4C set) Thomas Skillern RSCDS Book 16

1- 8 1s+2s set, dance ½ RH across, set and dance ½ LH across back to places
9-16 1M+2L set advancing and turn RH back to places, 1L+2M set advancing and turn RH back to places
17-24 1s cross RH, cast to 2nd place and dance ½ Fig of 8 round 2s to 2nd place on own sides
25-32 2s+1s dance R&L

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


The Duke of Atholl's Reel
Thomas Skillern   RSCDS Book 16
Jig   8 x 32 bars   2 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-4   1s2s set and right hands across halfway;

  5-8   1s2s set and left hands across halfway;

  9-12 1M2L set advancing and turn by the right;

13-16 1L2M set advancing and turn by the right;

17-24 1s cross, cast and cross up into half figures of 8 across;

25-32 2s1s rights and lefts.

(MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)


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Dance Information

The Duke of Atholl, alternatively Duke of Athole, named after Atholl in Scotland, is a title in the Peerage of Scotland held by the head of Clan Murray. It was created by Queen Anne in 1703 for John Murray, 2nd Marquess of Atholl, with a special remainder to the heir male of his father, the 1st Marquess.

The Dukes of Atholl's traditional residence is Blair Castle and The Duke of Atholl is the hereditary chief of Clan Murray.

The holder of the title also commands the only legal private army in Europe, the Atholl Highlanders, which is headquartered at Blair Castle.

The Duke Of Atholl's Residence, Blair Castle - Information Video

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The Duke Of Atholl's Residence, Blair Castle


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