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Farquharson Fifty

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FARQUHARSON FIFTY (J3x32) 3C set Irene van Maarseveen Many Happy Hours: Pretoria 35th

1- 8 1s followed by 2s+3s lead down middle; 2s+3s divide and 1s+2s+3s lead up remaining in middle
9-16 1s+2s+3s promenade
17-24 1s cross RH, cast (2s step up); 1s cross RH, cast (3s step up)
25-32 2s+3s+1s circle 6H round and back

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

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This dance, Farquharson Fifty, (pronounced "far-kuh-sun") was devised by Irene van Maarseveen for the 50th birthday of Ingrid le Roux, a descendant of the Farquharson clan.

Clan Farquharson of Invercauld is a Highland Scottish clan and is a member of the Chattan Confederation.

The chiefs of the Clan Farquharson trace their ancestry back to Farquhar, fourth son of Alexander "Ciar" Shaw of Rothiemurchus. Alexander Shaw was the fifth chief of the Clan Shaw. His descendants took the name Farquharson.

One of the castles held by the Farquhars and Farquharsons includes Braemar Castle, a seventeenth century L-plan tower house with crowning turrets just north-east of Braemar, defended by star shaped artillery defences.

The castle was built by the Earl Of Mar in 1628 but because they did not support James VII of Scotland in 1689, the castle was seized and torched by John Farquharson of Inverey, the Black Colonel. When the Jacobite rising of 1715 fizzled out the castle passed to the Farquharsons of Invercauld.

Braemar Castle
Braemar Castle

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