Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Jenny's Bawbee

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

JENNY'S BAWBEE (S8x24) 2C (4C set) Thomas Wilson RSCDS Book 5

1- 8 1s+2s set, dance ½ R&L (1 bar per hand), set and dance ½ R&L (1 bar per hand) back to places
9-16 1s lead down the middle and back to top
17-24 1s+2s dance Allemande

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


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


Dance Information

The Traditional Tune Archive tells us that A 'Bawbee' is an old Scots term for a ha-penny, a coin, as in the Scots song "Ali bally bee:" "....waiting for a wee bawbee to buy some coulter's candy..." (and is nothing to do with anybody called Jenny's Baby).

Jenny's Bawbee - Video Of The Tune Played On YouTube is also a tune believed to date from 18th century.

The dance Jenny's Bawbee appears as Jenny's Baubee in Thomas Wilson's 19th century publication "The Treasures of Terpsichore" (an alphabetical listing of country dances and their figures).
Thomas Wilson was dancing master to the King's Theatre. Despairing the state of country dancing, the author fears "it [will] be perverted into a chaos of riot and confusion".
Wilson produced other manuals on country dancing with detailed text, tables, and diagrams to explain the figures.

Jenny's Bawbee, Treasures Of Terpsichore Image
The Treasures Of Terpsichore (1816)


Text from this original A 'Bawbee' article on Traditional Tune Archive.
Image Copyright Thomas Wilson, dancing master [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
Additional search terms: Jennys.

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