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The Earl Of Mansfield

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THE EARL OF MANSFIELD (R4x48) 4C set John Drewry RSCDS Leaflet Dances 5

1- 8 1s+2s circle 4H round and back
9-16 1s+2s also 3s+4s face on sides, all set and change places RH, all set and change back RH
17-24 1M reel of 3 with 2s (LSh to 2L) picking up partner in prom hold to complete reel as 3M dances similarly with 4s, 1s+3s end on Men's side facing in/down (2s and 4s in original places)
25-32 3s followed by 1s dance down below 4s, 3s cast, in and lead up to top, cross and cast back to place while 1s cast up and turn LH to face 1st corners (2s step up 31-32)
33-40 1s turn 1st corners RH pass partner RSh, turn 2nd corner LH, pass LSh to end 2nd place in centre facing up
41-48 1L+2L+3L dance RH across (on side) as 1M+2M+3M LH across, 1s followed by 3s dance down to 4s and Ladies dance LH across as Men RH across. 2341

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

The Earl of Mansfield
John Drewry Leaflet 15
Reel 4 x 48 bars 4 Couple Repeat 4 Couple Set Longwise Set

  1-8   1s2s 4 hands round and back;

  9-10 1M2M 1L2L 3M4M 3L4L set facing up and down;

11-12 1M2M 1L2L 3M4M 3L4L turn by the right halfway, finishing facing up and down;

13-16 repeat bars 9-12, finishing in original places;

17-20 2M1M2L 4M3M4L half reels of 3 across, finishing with 1M 3M taking partners in promenade hold;

21-24 2L1s2M 4L3s4M half reels of 3 across, 1s 3s finishing in the centre facing down on opposite sides;

25-28 3s followed by 1s lead down below 4s and cast up on opposite sides;

29-32 3s cross up between 2s and cast to 3rd place WHILE 1s turn by the left to finish 1M facing 3L, 1L facing 2M;

33-36 2M1L 1M3L turn by the right, finishing with 1s passing right shoulder;

37-40 3M1L 1M2L turn by the left, 1s finishing in the centre on own sides facing up;

41-44 2M1M3M left hands across WHILE 2L1L3L right hands across;

45-48 3M1M4M right hands across WHILE 3L1L4L left hands across, finishing 2s3s4s1s.

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

Dance Notes

    -8   1s face 2s; 3s face 4s.

17-20 2M4M 1M3M 2L4L must cover in these half reels.

    -20 2s 4s don't stop; 1s 3s must cover when taking promenade hold.

21-24 2M4M 1s3s 2L4L must cover in these half reels.

29-32 3L must move very quickly to get back to place ready to turn 1M.

    -32 1M must look for 3L, not 4L.

    -40 1M must finish facing up;1s take hands briefly on centre line.

    -48 1s must finish in 4th place.

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Dance Information

Earl of Mansfield, in the County of Nottingham, and Earl of Mansfield, of Caen Wood in the County of Middlesex, are two titles in the Peerage of Great Britain that have been united under a single holder since 1843.

At the time this dance was devised, the eighth and seventh Earl of Mansfield held office in the Conservative government of Margaret Thatcher as a Minister of State at the Scottish Office (1979 to 1983).

The family seat of the Earl is Scone Palace in Perthshire.

The Earl of Mansfield's tune is a pipe march composed by John McEwan (92nd Gordon Highlanders) around 1886, made popular by this Scottish country dance of the same name.

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Earl Of Mansfield Drawing
William Murray, 1st Earl Of Mansfield

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