Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Forsake Not The Lomonds

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Forsake Not The Lomonds (S4x32) 4C set Lewis N Derrick 1999

1-2 All four couples, joining hands on the sidelines, set
3-8 The 1st and 3rd couples dance a petronella turn to the right to end in the centre of the dance, men facing up and women facing down, then set to partners and turn them once round giving both hands
9-12 Passing right shoulders to begin, the 1st and 3rd couples dance a half reel of four up and down the middle of the dance
13-16 Giving both hands, the 3rd and 1st couples turn partners three-quarters round to end facing up with nearer hands joined in 1st and 3rd places respectively, then divide and cast off one place on own sides; the 2nd and 4th couples step up on bars 15-16, to end 2341, all on own sides
17-28 The 2nd and 3rd couples and the 4th and 1st couples dance the figure of a ladies' chain, to begin 2nd woman and 3rd man and 4th woman and 1st man cross over giving right hands while their partners dance up or down the sidelines ready to turn by the left
29-32 All four couples dance a grand chain, one step to each hand, ending with polite turns as appropriate

Repeat three more times, from new positions each time

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Lewis N Derrick 2020)

Dance Notes

Bars 17-28 There should be no polite turns by 2nd and 4th men or 3rd and 1st women at the end of the ladies' chain, all dancers flowing straight into the next figure.
Bars 29-32 To begin the grand chain the 2nd and 1st couples cross over while the 3rd and 4th couples change places on the sidelines.

(Dance notes by the deviser, Lewis N Derrick)

Dance Information

This dance, Forsake Not The Lomonds, was devised by Lewis Derrick for Janice Creagh (in memory of the RSCDS Summer School Advanced Class of 1999).

Suggested tune: Burn O'Cairnie.

Devised 1999, unpublished but circulated informally, first published electronically 2020.

Copyright 1999, 2020 Lewis N. Derrick.

Published in The McGhie Scottish Country Dance Sheets, Collection 1.
Dance information from The McGhie Scottish Country Dance Sheets #9, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Lewis N Derrick.

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