Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Duncan Gray

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

DUNCAN GRAY (R8x40) 3C (4C set) John Drewry Rondel Book

1- 8 1s and 2s turn partners RH, set and 1s cast to 2nd place as 2s dance up
9-16 2s+1s+3s dance reel of 3 on sides with 1s crossing down to 3rd place opposite sides (2s out and down to pass 3s - LSh Men's side and RSh Ladies' side)
17-24 1s cross RH, cast RSh round 3rd corner to meet partner and turn LH 1½ times to face 1st corners while 2s+3s set and dance RH across ½ way and chase clockwise to own places
25-32 1s dance ½ diagonal reel of 4 with 1st corners, pass RSh and repeat with 2nd corners 1s ending in 2nd place opposite sides
33-40 3s+1s+2s turn RH and chase clockwise ½ way to own sides

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

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Duncan Gray - Scottish Country Dancing Instruction Video

Dance Information

The title of this dance, Duncan Gray, comes from the Duncan Gray - Poem written by Robert Burns in 1792, for Thomson's collection.

Duncan Gray cam' here to woo,
Ha, ha, the wooing o't,
On blythe Yule nicht, when we were fou,
Ha, ha, the wooing o't;

Duncan Gray Song - Information Video

Robert Burns Portrait Painting Image
"Portrait Of Burns" Alexander Nasmyth (1758-1840), c. 1787

Image Copyright Alexander Nasmyth [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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