Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Falls Of Clyde

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

FALLS OF CLYDE (M-(S64+R64)) Round The Room Mary Shoolbraid Brandon Honolulu Book
Round the room dance, 3 facing 3

1- 8 All set Highland Schottische, dance DoSiDo with opposite dancer
9-16 Middle dancers (passing LSh) dance ½ diagonal reel of 4 with opposite person on their right, pass LSh in middle to dance ½ diagonal reel of 4 with opposite person on their left. All finish on opposite sides.
17-24 Middle dancers dance RH across with partner on their right and opposite person. Repeat dancing LH across with partner on left and opposite person
25-32 All circle 6H round ½ way to left (to original places), all advance passing other dancer RSh to meet next trio
33-64 Repeat bars 1-32 with next trio

1-64 Repeat above but set twice in place of Highland Schottische and end 6H round and back

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

Dance Information

The Falls of Clyde is the collective name given to four waterfalls on the River Clyde near New Lanark, South Lanarkshire, Scotland, however this dance was named after the Clyde built sailing ship The Falls of Clyde.

The dance was devised by Mary Brandon while she was living in Honolulu with her husband and Society Scroll awardee David Brandon. The Falls of Clyde sailing ship was then moored in Honolulu as part of the Hawaii Maritime Museum.

During Scotland's peak as a maritime nation, shipping companies named their ships after geographical features, so you had the Ben line, the Falls line, the Glen line etc.

The Falls of Clyde ship was built on the Clyde in 1878 and after 20 years sailing from Britain to Australia it was sold and became the first ship of the Matson Line sailing between Hawaii and California.

A few years ago when I was in Honolulu I went aboard the Falls of Clyde when it was a tourist attraction. Unfortunately, due to poor up-keep the masts have been removed and she is no longer open to the public.

A Clyde based fund The Friends Of Falls Of Clyde has been started to buy the Falls and return her to Scotland, to the Clyde.

Dance Information Copyright, Norm McCallum, 2018. All rights reserved.

Falls Of Clyde Ship Image
Falls Of Clyde Honolulu c. 2002

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