Scottish Country Dance InstructionECCLEFECHAN FELINE (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Bob McMurtry Le Petit Chat Celtique
1- 8 1s dance Fig of 8 on own sides (1s dance in/down to start), taking nearer hands where possible
9-16 1s+2s+3s mirror (reflection) reels on own sides (1s in/down, 2s out/up, 3s in/up to start)
17-24 1s lead down (3 bars), lead back up (3 bars) cast into 2nd place own sides
25-32 1M with 3s, 1L with 2s, dance RH across, 1s pass RSh to dance LH across other end (1M with 2s, 1L with 3s)
(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)
Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams
Dance Instruction VideosEcclefechan Feline - Scottish Country Dancing Instruction Video
Dance InformationEcclefechan is a small village located in Dumfries and Galloway in the south of Scotland.
Ecclefechan lies in the valley of the Mein Water, a tributary of the River Annan, about 6 miles (10 kilometres) south of Lockerbie, five miles (8 kilometres) north of Annan and eight miles (13 kilometres) northwest of the English border.
The name Ecclefechan was recorded as Egilfeichane in 1507, and might be of Brittonic origin. The first element is eglẹ:s, meaning "a church" (c.f. Welsh eglwys). The second element is the equivalent of Welsh bechan, meaning "little". Comparable Welsh toponyms include Eglwysbach and Llanfechan.
The village is famous for being the birthplace of Thomas Carlyle. "The Arched House" is a tourist attraction and has been maintained by the National Trust for Scotland since 1936.
Thomas Carlyle (1795 – 1881) was a Scottish historian, philosopher and mathematician who expressed himself as an essayist and satirist. In 1826 Thomas Carlyle married Jane Welsh and here, I believe, is where the reference to the 'feline' (cat species) part of the dance name comes in.
As found in The Fireside Sphinx (1901) by Agnes Repplier, chapter 7, The Cat Triumphant, pages 172 to 174...
In a letter sent from Mrs Carlyle to her maid, Jessie, she implores Jessie to have everything in readiness for Mr. Carlyle's return...
Yours sincerely, Jane Carlyle."
The Birthplace Of Thomas Carlyle, Ecclefechan, Scotland
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