Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Flower Of The Quern (Boyd)

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE FLOWER OF THE QUERN (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Iain Boyd Caidin' O't

1- 8 1s cross down to dance reflection reels of 3 on sides and 1s turn 2s (1M+2L LH and 1L+2M RH) to form line of 4 across face down (1s in centre)
9-16 1s+2s dance down for 3 bars, dance up to 2nd place, 1s dance to top and cast on opposite sides as 2s follow dancing up to top and casting into 1st place
17-24 1s cross RH, cast down 1 place and dance up to top and cast into 1st place (2s step down)
25-32 1s+2s dance ½ R&L and turn RH 1½ times. 24(1)(3)

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


Dance Information

Also see the dance The Flower O' The Quern (Drewry) by John Drewry.

Quern-stones are a pair of stone tools for hand grinding a wide variety of materials. It is believed that querns were introduced to Scotland around the time of the Roman invasion.

The Flower O' The Quern (also known as "The Flower Of The Quern") is also a traditional Scottish slow air by J Scott Skinner, arranged by Allan Ferguson. Skinner wrote this air in the 1880s for a beautiful young widow from Forres, Scotland.

The Flower O' The Quern - Information Video

The Flower Of The Quern Image
The Upper Stone Of A Scottish Hand Quern From Dalgarven Mill, North Ayrshire


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Text from this original Quern-Stone article on Wikipedia.
Additional search terms: Flour, Flower O' The Quern.

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