Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Highland Midge

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THE HIGHLAND MIDGE (J4x32) 4C set John Bowie Dickson Dunedin Book 5
3s and 4s start on opposite sides

1- 8 All clap as 1s and 4s cross RH and cast in 1 place, 1s+4s set and dance RH across ½ way
9-16 All clap as 4s and 1s cross RH and cast to ends, 4s+2s also 3s+1s set and dance RH across ½ way to end 2s facing 4s and 1s facing 3s
17-24 All set and petronella turn into lines of 4 across (Man facing Man etc.) and dance ½ reel of 4 across
25-32 All set and ¾ turn RH facing person all onto sides and chase clockwise ½ way to end 31(4)(2)

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

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The Highland midge is a species (Culicoides impunctatus) of small flying insect, found in upland areas (fens, bogs and marshes) especially in the North West of Scotland from late spring to late Summer.

Female highland midges are well known for gathering in clouds, biting humans and are generally regarded as pests.

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