Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Haig Of Bemersyde

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

HAIG OF BEMERSYDE (S4x32) 4C set Wilma Miller 5 SCDs 1982

1- 8 All couples turn partners RH, dance ½ Grand Chain and cross RH back to own sides
9-16 End couples (4s+1s) set, cast in 1 place and dance RH across while 2s+3s dance ½ RH across, dance out to ends, set and cross back RH
17-24 4s+1s dance ½ Diamond Poussette, 2s+1s also 4s+3s dance ½ Diamond Poussette back to original places
25-32 All set and turn RH, 1s cast to bottom while 2s+3s+4s lead up and all set

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


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Dance Information

Haig Of Bemersyde refers to Field Marshal Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig of Bemersyde, born in Edinburgh 1861, a British senior officer during World War I.

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Haig Of Bemersyde

Bemersyde House had been in the hands of the Haig family since time immemorial, but it was a different branch of the family from Earl Haig's. The house and estate were purchased for him by a grateful nation, and it is still occupied by one of his descendants.

Bemersyde House includes a rectangular Peel tower which dates from the 16th Century. In the 18th Century the house was extended with new Wings added on either side of the original tower house. Sir Walter Scott was a frequent visitor to the house and in 1921 the House was bought by the Government and gifted to Field Marshall Douglas Haig (later Baron Haig of Bemersyde).

The house is still lived in by Haig's descendants and the gardens are open during the summer although the house is private.

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Bemersyde House


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