Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Highlandman Kissed His Mother (MMM)

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE HIGHLANDMAN KISSED HIS MOTHER (R8x32) 3C (4C set) MMM 1

1- 8 1s turn RH, cast 1 place and turn LH 1½ times to end facing 1st corners
9-16 1s set and turn 1st corners, set and turn 2nd corners ending facing 1st corners
17-24 1s dance reels of 3 on opposite sides giving LSh to 1st corner and cross RH to 2nd place own sides
25-32 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back

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


The Highlandman Kissed His Mother (MMM)
Anon   Miss Milligan's Miscellany Vol 1
Reel   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-4   1s turn by the right and cast;

  5-8   1s turn by the left 1½ times to finish facing first corners;

  9-12 1s set to and turn first corners, finishing facing second corners;

13-16 1s set to and turn second corners, finishing facing first corners;

17-22 reels of 3 on the sides, 1s giving left shoulder to first corners to start and finishing in 2nd place on opposite sides;

23-24 1s cross by the right;

25-32 2s1s3s 6 hands round and back.

(MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)


Dance Notes

  1-16 Exuberant dancers frequently embellish this so that it becomes unrecognizable to the inexperienced.

  3-4   2s step up, starting diagonally forward to help 1s complete their turn before casting.

11-12 Pas-de-basque turn (both hands).

15-16 Pas-de-basque turn (both hands).


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Dance Information

Also see the dance The Highlandman Kissed His Mother (Border Dance Book 9).

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