Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Hoop Her And Gird Her

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

HOOP HER AND GIRD HER (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Border Book

1- 8 1s set, turn RH, lead down below 2s, 1L casts up and 1M casts down on own sides to end 1L between 2s and 1M between 3s
9-16 1s dance reels of 3 across (giving RSh to 1st corner) and end facing 1st corners
17-24 1s set and turn 1st corners, set and turn 2nd corners and 1s end between 2s+3s on opposite sides
25-32 2s+1s+3s Adv&Ret, 1s cross back to places

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

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

The title "Hoop Her And Gird Her" comes from the process of barrel making.

The Dictionary of the Scots Language defines a gird as the iron hoop in which to set the staves in shaping a barrel.

"He has the same Iron Hoop, and beassing Gird, which were used by his Father, and that he makes the Barrels and Half-barrels by these Gauges".(1757)

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Speyside Cooperage

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