Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Hey, Johnnie Cope

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

HEY, JOHNNIE COPE (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Hugh Foss Dances To Song Tunes

1- 8 1s set, turn 2H, lead down, cross below 3s, cast up to face 1st corners
9-16 1s dance 'Hello-Goodbye' setting ending with petronella turn (pas-de-bas) to 2nd places own sides while 2s+3s cross RH (bars 15-16)
17-20 1s cast (1M down/1L up) to meet in centre while 2M+3M and 2L+3L set, change places RH
21-24 1s turn LH while 2s+3s chase ½ way round them clockwise. 1s finish facing 1st corners
25-32 1s turn corner, partner, corner and cross LH to 2nd place own sides. 213

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


Dance Information

Also see the dance Hey, Johnny Cope by Roy Clowes.

The title of this dance, Hey, Johnnie Cope, comes from the Hey, Johnnie Cope - Song written by Adam Skirving to a well known tune.

The song gives an account from the Jacobite viewpoint of the Battle of Prestonpans. In the battle, which took place during the Second Jacobite uprising, Sir John Cope was the commander of the government troops, and was defeated in a dawn attack by the Jacobites.

The song includes several apocryphal incidents, including challenges conveyed by letters between Cope and his rival Bonnie Prince Charlie, as well as accurate accounts of Cope's cowardice. It also includes an account of him fleeing from the battle all the way back to Berwick, being the messenger of his own defeat, which is also true. The battle was a decisive victory for the Jacobites.

Hey, Johnnie Cope, are ye wauking yet?
Or are your drums a-beating yet?
If ye were wauking I wad wait
To gang to the coals i' the morning.

Hey, Johnnie Cope Song Video

Hey, Johnnie Cope Song - YouTube Video
Sir John Cope Painting Image
Sir John Cope (1690-1760), c. 1730


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