Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Gordon Highlanders

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Gordon Highlanders
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Gaelic College SCD Book 10: Gordon Reels
Strathspey   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-8   SET, ½ CIRCLE, SET AND ½ CHASE: 1st and 2nd couples set (nearer hands joined on the side), 4 hands halfway round to the left (2 steps), set to other couple (nearer hands joined with partner), and chase halfway round clockwise, ending in Gordon Hold (as in Gay Gordons) 1st couple facing 2nd couple; 3rd couple step into Gordon Hold also;

  9-16 GORDON REEL OF 3: 1st, 2nd and 3rd couples dance Gordon Reel of 3 turning as in Gay Gordons at each end of the reel, on Bar 16 1st couple turn to face 2nd couple in Gordon Hold, 3rd couple ending in original places;

17-24 KEPPOCH:
Bars 17-20: 1st and 2nd couples dance forward on right, hop, backward on left, hop (as in the 1st bar of the Glasgow Highlanders setting step), then travel forward diagonally to the right (1 bar), forward on left, hop, backward on right, hop (as in the 3rd bar of the Glasgow Highlanders setting step), then travel forward diagonally to the left (1 bar): couples have now changed places, men passing left shoulders, and are now back-to-back;
Bars 21-24: dropping front hands, turn once to end on own side

25-32 CAST, TURN AND CAST: 1st woman casts up around 2nd woman AS 1st man casts down around 3rd man (2 steps), turn each other with left hands 1½ times round (4 bars), 1st woman dances down between 3rd couple and cast up around 3rd woman to 2nd place on own side, AS 1st man dances up between 2nd couple and casts around 2nd man to 2nd place on own side (2 bars).

Repeat having passed a couple.

(Dance Crib compiled by the devisers, Maggie and Duncan Keppie)

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

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The Gordon Highlanders was a British Army infantry regiment from 1881 until 1994. The regiment took its name from the Clan Gordon and recruited principally from Aberdeen and the North-East of Scotland.
Bydand - The Gordon Highlanders Cap Badge Image
Bydand Cap Badge Of The Gordon Highlanders

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