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Lady C Bruce's Reel

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LADY C BRUCE'S REEL (R8x32) 3C (4C set) MMM 1

1- 8 1s dance Fig of 8 on own sides round 2s+3s dancing between 2s to start
9-16 1s+2s+3s circle 6H round and back
17-24 1s+2s+3s Promenade and end with 1s+2s in centre for Allemande
25-32 1s+2s dance Allemande

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


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This jig, Lady Catherine Bruce's Reel, is associated with Clackmannan Tower in Clackmannanshire in central Scotland.

The Bruce family who owned it went bankrupt in 1708; and Henry Bruce fought for the Jacobites in 1745. His widow, Lady Catherine Bruce, lived in the mansion until her death in 1791, when the house and its tower were abandoned.

Earlier, on 26 August 1787, she had knighted Robert Burns with the sword of Robert the Bruce. The latter was of course the great king of Scotland 1306 - 1329. He was of Scots-Norman heritage, originally from Brix, Manche, in Normandy; and won recognition of Scotland as an independent nation, after fighting the English at the battle of Bannockburn in 1314 in the "First Scottish War of Independence".

Clackmannan Tower is a five-storey tower house, situated at the summit of King's Seat Hill in Clackmannan, Clackmannanshire, Scotland. It was built in the 14th century by King David II of Scotland and sold to his cousin Robert Bruce in 1359.

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