Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary


Scottish Country Dance Instruction

HAYMAKING (R8x40) 3C (4C set) 5 Traditional SCDs 1965

1- 8 1s+2L circle 3H round to left, 1M+2s circle 3H round to left 2s ending BtoB between 1s facing other partner
9-16 1s+2s dance RSh reel of 4 across
17-24 1s cast 2 places, lead up to top, cast to 2nd place and cross RH
25-32 1s cast down 1 place on opposite sides and lead up to face 1st corners, set to 1st corners and set to 2nd corners
33-40 1s dance reels of 3 on opposite sides passing 2nd corners RSh and cross RH to 2nd places

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

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

Hay is grass, legumes, or other herbaceous plants that have been cut and dried to be stored for use as animal fodder, particularly for large grazing animals raised as livestock, such as cattle, horses, goats, and sheep. However, it is also fed to smaller domesticated animals such as rabbits and guinea pigs. Even pigs may be fed hay, but they do not digest it as efficiently as herbivores.

Hay can be used as animal fodder when or where there is not enough pasture or rangeland on which to graze an animal, when grazing is not feasible due to weather (such as during the winter), or when lush pasture by itself would be too rich for the health of the animal. It is also fed when an animal is unable to access pasture, e.g. the animal is being kept in a stable or barn.

Hay should not to be confused with straw, an agricultural byproduct of cereal production.

Haymaking is also the subject of the Haymaking - Poem written by Edward Thomas.

This reel, Haymaking, predates the poem by over a century. The dance appeared in the Blantyre manuscript around 1805 and the poem by Edward Thomas in Poems By Edward Thomas, 1917.

After night's thunder far away had rolled
The fiery day had a kernel sweet of cold,
And in the perfect blue the clouds uncurled,
Like the first gods before they made the world

Haymaking - Information Video

"The Hay Harvest" Pieter Brueghel The Elder (1526/1530-1569), Oil On Panel, c. 1565

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