Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Flowers Of Edinburgh

Scottish Country Dance Instruction


1- 8 1L followed by partner casts below 3s, 1L crosses and dances up behind Men as 1M dances up centre to 1st places on opposite side and 1s set
9-16 1M followed by partner repeat above Fig and set in own places
17-24 1s lead down the middle and back
25-32 1s+2s dance Poussette. 213

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

Flowers of Edinburgh
Anon   RSCDS Book 1
Reel   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-4   1L cast and, followed by 1M, chase halfway around the set, finishing below 3s;

  5-6   1L cast up WHILE 1M dance up the middle, finishing in partner's place;

  7-8   1s set;

  9-16 1s repeat bars 1-8 from partner's place, finishing in own place;

17-24 1s lead down and back, finishing in 1st position, both hands joined;

25-32 1s2s poussette, finishing 2s1s3s.

(MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)

Dance Notes

  1-32 Since 3s do nothing throughout, this could be danced as a 2-couple repeat, 1s finishing below 2s on bar 4.

21-24 1s must lead up quickly so that 2s have time to dance in ready for the poussette which follows.

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Dance Information

The title of this dance, Flowers Of Edinburgh, comes from The Flowers Of Edinburgh - Song a Scottish well-known popular tune, not much more than a hundred years old.

My love was once a bonnie lad,
He was the flower of a' his kin,
The absence of his bonnie face
Has rent my tender heart in twain.
I day or night find no delight;
In silent tears I still complain;
And exclaim 'gainst those my rival foes,
That ha'e ta'en from me my darling swain.

The Flowers Of Edinburgh Song - Information Video

The Flowers Of Edinburgh Song Image
The Flowers Of Edinburgh Song, Printed Music

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