Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Kenmure's On And Awa'

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

KENMURE'S ON AND AWA' (J8x24) 2C (4C set) RSCDS Book 4

1- 8 1s+2s dance RH across ½ way and 1s followed by 2s lead down the middle
9-16 1s+2s dance LH across ½ way and 1s followed by 2s dance back to original places remaining in middle ready for...
17-24 1s+2s dance Poussette. 2 1

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


Kenmure's on and awa'
Anon   RSCDS Book 4
Jig   8 x 24 bars   2 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-4   1s2s right hands across halfway;

  5-8   1s followed by 2s lead down;

  9-12 2s1s left hands across halfway;

13-16 with nearer hands joined, 1s followed by 2s lead up to original places;

17-24 1s2s poussette.

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


Dance Notes

  1-4   Only halfway and so very sedate; partners finish retaining right hand hold.

  9-12 Only halfway and so very sedate; partners finish by taking nearer hand hold, facing up.

    -16 Finish in the centre, taking both hands, ready for poussette.

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


Dance Information

The title of this dance, Kenmure's On And Awa', comes from O Kenmure's On And Awa' - Poem written by Robert Burns in 1791.

O, Kenmure's on and awa', Willie,
O, Kenmure's on and awa';
And Kenmure's lord's the bravest lord
That ever Galloway saw.

William Gordon, viscount Kenmure, when the rebellion broke out in the year 1715, left Kenmure, in Galloway, with about 200 horsemen, and joined the Chevalier's forces at Preston in Lancashire. Here he was attacked by General Carpenter and taken prisoner, along with many of his unfortunate followers, to London.

The prisoners with their arms pinioned were led on horseback through the principal streets of the metropolis, and were obliged to submit to the hootings and indignities of a London mob.

Kenmure was beheaded on Tower Hill on the 24th February, 1716. His fate was much lamented.

Kenmure's On And Awa' Song - Information Video

Kenmure Image
Kenmure Castle Ruins - Beyond Lies Loch Ken


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