Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

For Lack Of Gold

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

FOR LACK OF GOLD (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Hugh Foss Dances To Song Tunes

1- 8 1s turn RH moving down then lead down, cross below 3s, cast up through 2nd place and turn RH to finish in middle (1L facing down/1M up) while 2s+3s dance up to top, lead down following 1s, cross, cast up to 1s/3rd place opposite sides
9-16 1s dance Fig of 8 on opposite sides, 1M down and in/1L up and out to start (6 bars). 1s turn RH to 2nd place own sides. (2)1(3)
17-24 2s+1s+3s RSh reels of 3 on sides 1M up/1L down to start (6 bars). 1s turn RH 1+ times while 2s+3s cross to own sides passing RSh
25-32 2s+1s+3s RSh reels of 3 on sides (1M+2L, 1L+3M pass RSh) in 6 bars. 1s cross RH to 2nd place own side

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

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

The title of this dance, For Lack Of Gold, comes from the For Lack Of Gold - Song a traditional Scottish tune written by Adam Austin (1726?-1774).

Adam Austin was a physician in Edinburgh who was courting Jean Drummond, daughter of John Drummond of Megginch, with hopes of getting married. Sadly for the writer, James, Duke Of Athole, also fell in love with the same lady, proposed and was accepted, so the doctor was jilted.

Dr. Austin didn't rove to distant climates as promised in the song, but continued to practise medicine in Edinburgh, where, some four or five years afterwards, he was married.

Having survived her first husband, Jean Drummond was married for a second time, this time to Lord Adam Gordon.

For lack of gold she's left me, Oh!
And of all that's dear bereft me, Oh!
For Lack Of Gold Song Image
For Lack Of Gold - From The Caledonian Musical Repository

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