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John Of Bon Accord

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JOHN OF BON ACCORD (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Roy Goldring RSCDS Book 33

1- 8 1s dance 4 progressive ½ diagonal reels of 3 firstly 1s pass RSh to ½ reel with 2L then 1s pass LSh and ½ reel with 2M
9-16 1s pass RSh and ½ reel with 3L and lastly pass LSh to ½ reel with 3M. (2)(3)1
17-24 1s turn RH and cast up to 2nd place on own sides, dance ½ Fig of 8 around the 2s to 2nd place opposite sides
25-32 2s+1s+3s turn ¾ RH to end in line in centre of dance facing partners (M facing down and L up) and set, ¾ turn RH to end on own sides and set. 213

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


John of Bon Accord
Roy Goldring   RSCDS Book 33
Reel   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-16 1s dance four successive half reels of 3 (1M leading throughout):

  1-4   1s2L half reel of 3 (1M1L start by giving right shoulder);

  5-8   1s2M half reel of 3 (1M2M give right shoulder);

  9-12 1s3L half reel of 3 (1M3L give left shoulder);

13-16 1s3M half reel of 3 (1M3M give right shoulder);

17-20 1s turn by the right and cast up on own sides;

21-24 1s half figures of 8 round 2s;

25-26 2s1s3s turn by the right ¾ and retain hold to finish in line (Mn facing down, Ls facing up);

27-28 2s1s3s set;

29-30 2s1s3s turn by the right ¾ to finish on the sides;

31-32 2s1s3s set on the sides.

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


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Dedicated to John Drewry (1923-2014) of Aberdeen, Scotland.

John Drewry was born in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire and first took up Scottish country dancing in Whitehaven, Cumbria. He joined the RSCDS Carlisle branch and was awarded the RSCDS teaching certificate, tutored by Jackie Johnstone. Hugh Foss, another distinguished dance deviser, encouraged Drewry to begin to create dances in Cumbria. Drewry first became associated with Aberdeen in the 1960's, working in the biochemistry department of Aberdeen University (working alongside Isobel Cramb) and remained in Aberdeen thereafter.

The Silver Tassie was the first of his dances to be published by the RSCDS and finished with John Drewry's new figure, the Rondel. This new figure was followed by Corners Pass And Turn, Petronella In Tandem and Set And Rotate.

Drewry was awarded an RSCDS Scroll In 1999 for his contribution to Scottish country dancing with many of his dances appearing in RSCDS books, and altogether, over 800 dances to his name.

It is rare to see a Scottish country dance program which does not include at least one of his dances and on many occasions all of the dances were devised by John Drewry.

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John Drewry - Scottish Country Dance Deviser


Text from this original John Drewry article by Jean Martin.

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