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The Highlandman's Umbrella

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THE HIGHLANDMAN'S UMBRELLA (R4x32) Sq.Set Anna C Holden Glasgow Diamond Jubilee

1- 8 All 4 couples in prom hold advance 2 steps to centre and retire, all Ladies cast 1 place clockwise
9-16 All with new partners advance and retire, all Men cast 1 place anticlockwise
17-24 All set to new partners, 1M+3M change places LH, 2M+4M change places LH and all set to own partners
25-32 All circle 8H round and back

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

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The Highlandman's Umbrella (Scottish: Hielanman's Umbrella) is a famous landmark in the centre of Glasgow, Scotland. It is the local Scots nickname for the glass walled railway bridge which carries the platforms of Glasgow Central station across Argyle Street.

Due to the forced displacement of people during the second phase of the Highland clearances in the 19th century, 30,000 Highlanders who spoke Scottish Gaelic but did not speak English came to Glasgow to find work. When arriving in the city they were housed in many different areas of Glasgow. Over many years Highlanders continued to arrive and began to keep in touch by meeting under the bridge, mostly at weekends.

With the city's inclement weather and the meeting of the Highlanders it came to be known as the Hielanman's Umbrella.

Hielanman's Umbrella, Glasgow Central Station - Information Video

The phrase "Highlandman's Umbrella" is so well known that it has prompted a few songs. A comic song by Thomas B. Shaw, performed by artists like Robert Wilson, Argo Cameron and Andy Stewart, and others.

Hielanman's Umbrella Song - Information Video

Highlandman's Umbrella
The Highlandman's (Hielanman's) Umbrella

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