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The Flying Spur

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THE FLYING SPUR (J8x32) 3C (4C set) John Drewry Canadian Book

1- 8 1s cross RH, cast 1 place (2s up), 1s dance ½ Figs of 8 (1M round 2s and 1L round 3s) while 2s+3s set and cross RH
9-16 1s dance reels of 3 own sides (RSh to 4th corner positions-3L/2M) 1s end in centre (1L above 2s and 1M below 3s) while 2s+3s cast to meet on sides
17-24 1s set and petronella turn onto opposite sides while 2s+3s cross Ladies under Men's arch and cast to 1st/3rd places, 2s+1s+3s turn RH
25-32 1s dance down below 3s and cast up on opposite sides to 2nd place, 1s dance ½ Figs of 8 round 2s while 2s+3s dance R&L (RH on sides to start)

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


The Flying Spur
John Drewry   Canadian Book
Jig   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-4   1s cross and cast;

  5-8   1M half figure of 8 round 2s WHILE 1L half figure of 8 round 3s WHILE 2s3s set and cross;

  9-14 2L1M3L 2M1L3M reels of 3 on the sides;

15-16 1L petronella turn (skip change) to face down between 2s WHILE 1M petronella turn (skip change) to face up between 3s WHILE 2s3s cast inwards;

17-18 2L3L cross under 2M3M's arch WHILE 1s set;

19-20 2s3s cast outwards WHILE 1s petronella turn (pas-de-basque) to 2nd place (opposite sides);

21-24 all turn partner by the right;

25-32 2s3s rights and lefts on the sides WHILE 1s lead out at the bottom, cast up, lead up crossing and cast down to 2nd place.

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


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Dance Information

John Drewry's dance instructions inscribed this jig to Jackie Johnstone of Dumfries.

The dance's name, The Flying Spur, refers to the Johnstone Clan Crest. It features a winged spur rowel- a device on a horse rider's heel and used for urging the animal forward (spur) with a spiked revolving disc at the end (rowel) with a wing either side.

The Clan Johnstone was once one of the most powerful of the Border Reiver Scottish clans. Clan members originally settled in Annandale and for over six hundred years they held extensive possessions in the west of the Scottish Marches, where they kept watch against the English.

The first of the clan to be recorded was John Johnstone, whose son, Gilbert, is found in records after 1194. Sir John Johnstone was a knight of the county of Dumfries. He is found on the Ragman Rolls of 1296, swearing fealty to Edward I of England.

The clan motto is Nunquam Non Paratus ("Never unprepared").

Flying Spur Image
The Flying Spur Crest Badge Suitable For Use By A Member Of Clan Johnstone


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