Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Farewell To Finchampstead

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Farewell To Finchampstead (H8x32) 3C (4C set) Lewis N Derrick 1988
1-4 Giving right hands, the 1st couple cross over and cast off one place on opposite sides; the 2nd couple step up on bars 3-4
5-8 The 1st couple dance half a figure of eight around the 2nd couple, dancing in to end facing their first corners
9-10 Giving right hands, the 1st couple change places with their first corners while the 2nd woman and 3rd man loop by the right around their own positions (dancing in towards one another on the diagonal for one step and returning to the sidelines for one step)
11-12 Giving left hands, the 2nd man and 3rd woman turn three quarters round in the centre of the set while the four corners (1st and 2nd women, 1st and 3rd men) chase one place to the left (clockwise)
13-14 Giving right hands, the 1st couple change places with the 2nd man and 3rd woman while the 2nd woman and 3rd man repeat their loop by the right
15-16 Giving left hands, the 1st couple turn three quarters round in the centre of the set while the four corners (2nd and 3rd couples) chase one place to the left
17-18 Giving right hands, the 1st couple change places with the 2nd man and 3rd woman while the 2nd woman and 3rd man repeat their loop by the right
19-20 Giving left hands, the 2nd man and 3rd woman turn three quarters round in the centre of the set while the four corners (1st and 2nd women, 1st and 3rd men) chase one place to the left
21-22 Giving right hands, the 1st couple change places with the 2nd man and 3rd woman while the 2nd woman and 3rd man repeat their loop by the right
23-24 Giving left hands, the 1st couple turn three quarters round in the centre of the set while the four corners (2nd and 3rd couples) chase one place to the left to end in original positions
25-32 Giving left shoulder to first corner to begin, the 1st woman dances a reel of three across the dance with 2nd couple while the 1st man does likewise with the 3rd couple, ending 213 own sides

Repeat having passed a couple

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Lewis N Derrick 2020)


Dance Information

This dance, Farewell To Finchampstead, was devised for the dancers of St John's Scottish Dancing Club, Wokingham.

Suggested tune: The Fisher's Hornpipe.

Devised March 1987; first published 1988; republished electronically 2020.

Copyright 1987, 1988, 2020 Lewis N. Derrick.


Finchampstead is a village and civil parish in the Wokingham Borough in the shire of Royal Berkshire, England.

Its northern extremity is 2 miles (3 km) south of Wokingham, 5 miles (8 km) west of Bracknell, 8 miles (13 km) south-east of Reading, and 33 miles (53 km) west of Central London.

Finchampstead is an affluent area, with the village ranking as Britain's 31st wealthiest. It has a high standard of living and is rated as one of the most desirable places to live in the UK.

St John's Scottish Country Dancing Club, Wokingham meets (2020) at St Sebastians Memorial Hall, Nine Mile Ride, Crowthorne, RG40 3BA, 4 miles (6 kilometers) from Finchampstead.

Finchampstead - Information Video

Farewell To Finchampstead, St Sebastian's Memorial Hall
St Sebastian's Memorial Hall


Dance information from The McGhie Scottish Country Dance Books, Volume 3, Peggy Mcghie's Reel And Other Scottish Country Dances, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Lewis N Derrick.
Dance information licensed under this Creative Commons Licence 3.0.
Text from this original Finchampstead article on Wikipedia.
Image copyright Shazz under this Creative Commons Licence 2.0.

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