Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

J.B. Milne

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

J. B. MILNE (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Hugh Foss Angus Fitchett Album

1- 8 1M+2L set advancing and turn RH, 1L+2M set advancing and turn RH
9-16 1s set advancing to each other and turn 2H, cast to 2nd place and Petronella turn to Lady between 2s and Man between 3s
17-24 1s set and ¾ turn RH while 2s+3s change places RH on sides and set, 1s repeat but 2s and 3s cross RH and set
25-32 1s set and change places RH while 2s+3s change places RH on sides and set, 1s cast round corner to 2nd place own sides as 2s+3s cross RH and all set

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


J.B. Milne
Hugh Foss Angus Fitchett Album
Reel 8 x 32 bars 3 Couple Repeat 4 Couple Set Longwise Set

  1-4   1M2L set advancing and turn by the right;

  5-8   1L2M set advancing and turn by the right;

  9-12 1s set advancing and turn both hands;

13-16 1s cast and petronella turn finishing 1L at top facing down and 1M at bottom facing up;

17-20 1s set and turn by the right ¾ to opposite sides WHILE 2M3M 2L3L cross by the right on the sides and set;

21-24 1s set and turn by the right ¾ (finishing 1M at top facing down and 1L at bottom facing up) WHILE 3s 2s cross by the right and set;

25-28 1s set and cross (up and down) by the right WHILE 3L2L 3M2M cross by the right on the sides and set;

29-30 1s cast (L down, M up) to 2nd place on own sides WHILE 2s 3s cross by the right, all finishing facing in;

30-32 2s1s3s set on the sides.

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

Dance Notes

  1-12 Pas-de-basque throughout.

  1-4   It is difficult to complete the pas-de-basque turn and to return to original places in 2 bars and so "set advancing and turn" should be phrased as follows:

  1-1   set advancing, finishing side-by-side in the centre with right hands joined;

  2-3   turn by the right halfway to face original positions and release hands;

  4-4   set advancing to finish in original positions, facing in.

  5-8   Phrase the set advancing and turn as in bars 1-4.

  9-12 Phrase the set advancing and turn as follows:

  9-9   set advancing, finishing on the centre line, M facing down, L up, both hands joined;

10-11 turn halfway and release hands to face original positions;

12-12 set advancing to finish in original positions, facing out.

15-16 Pas-de-basque for petronella turn.

17-30 Over the years, the phrasing between the crossing and setting by the corners has varied; the following, paraphrased from the deviser's revision, has the merit of flowing very well:
after crossing, finish in the side lines facing the corner just passed;
on the right foot setting step, set to that corner;
on the left foot setting step, all turn on the spot (right shoulder back) to finish facing ready for the next crossing, ¾ turn for those travelling clockwise around the corners' square, ¼ turn for those travelling anticlockwise.


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Dance Information

We are indebted to Sandra Wyeth for the authentication of the Dance Notes for bars 17-30, found in reference 10-4 Techtalk - JB Milne.pdf, Tac-Talk archives and shown here with some local and ephemeral material edited out.

Techtalk - J. B. Milne
By Bob Campbell

Most experienced dancers today are familiar with what some call "meanwhile" dances - a dance where 1st couple dance one figure or part of a figure while 2nd and 3rd couples (usually) dance another supporting figure. J.B. Milne, devised by the late Hugh Foss and published in 1954, is such a dance, and may be found in The Angus Fitchet album (J. S. Kerr) which is available from TACBOOKS [and in which] it is said that there are no turns for 2nd and 3rd couples in the new figure. Actually there are turns. These follow necessarily from an amendment that Hugh Foss made to the dance by way of a general newsletter in October 1967. Reference is to the setting by 2nd and 3rd couples on bars 19-20, 21-24 and 25-28. I quote Hugh's words:
"When 2nd and 3rd couples set they should do the first setting facing the person they have just passed and the second facing the person they are going to pass." It follows that for smooth performance the dancers going counter-clockwise round the square will have a long, or "polite" turn. At the time, the change was considered an improvement in an already good dance.

As far as I know J.B. Milne is the only dance with the setting shared in this way. It should be noted that such setting does not occur in The Australian Ladies (Campbell), although the counter-clockwise dancers do have a long turn.

Bob Campbell
January 1986


J.B. Milne refers to John Bannerman Milne (1902-1968), the owner of a string of cinemas in Scotland from the 1920s onwards.

Angus Fitchett dedicated this dance to "the man who gave him his start in his show business career"

The son of a Dundee coalman, John Bannerman Milne first worked by day in the city's jute mills while spending evenings in the Palladium Cinema, Dundee, accompanying silent films on the violin then cleaning the cinema after the show.

Around 1928 J.B. Milne purchased the cinema and installed sound equipment, so starting his cinema empire "J.B. Milne Theatres Ltd", the biggest privately owned cinema circuit in the UK, acquiring and building around 34 cinemas all over Scotland.

J.B. Milne
Angus Seasonal Magazine Christmas Greetings From J B Milne Theatres Ltd, c. 1966


Image copyright phantom of the flicks [https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/], via flickr.com.

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