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Holyrood Strathspey

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HOLYROOD STRATHSPEY (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Mervyn Short RSCDS Book 51

1- 8 1s set, turn RH to face out and cast (2s step up 5-6), 1s turn RH to face out in 2nd place
9-16 Reels of 3 on sides (Man up, RSh to 2M, Lady down, RSh to 3L). 1s end BtoB in centre facing 1st corners
17-24 1s+1st corners dance "Corner Pass&Turn", 1s pass RSh and dance "Corner Pass&Turn" with 2nd corners ending in 2nd place own side
25-32 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back

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


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The Palace of Holyrood house, commonly referred to as Holyrood Palace, is the official residence of the monarch in Scotland.

Holyrood Abbey was founded by David I, King of Scots in 1128, and Holyrood has served as the principal residence of the Kings and Queens of Scots since the 15th century. The Palace stands at the bottom of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, the opposite end to Edinburgh Castle.

Holyrood is an anglicisation of the Scots Haly Ruid, meaning holy cross.

Holyrood House, Palace
Holyrood Palace Seen From The Salisbury Crags, Holyrood Park


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