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Lady Catherine Bruce's Reel

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LADY CATHERINE BRUCE'S REEL (J8x32) 2C (4C set) Book of Graded SCDs

1- 8 1s lead down the middle and back to top
9-16 1s+2s dance Allemande
17-24 1s dance full Fig of 8 round 2s
25-32 2s+1s circle 4H round and back

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

Lady Catherine Bruce's Reel
Anon Book of Graded SCDs
Reel 8 x 32 bars 2 Couple Repeat 4 Couple Set Longwise Set

  1-8   1s lead down the middle and back, finishing on the centreline in allemande hold facing up;

  9-16 1s2s allemande;

17-24 1s cross up into figures of 8 around 2s;

25-32 2s1s 4 hands round and back.

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

Dance Notes

  8-8   1s must be above 2nd place so that 2s can step in below them, also finishing in allemande hold facing up.

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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".

(Dance information by Sir Christopher MacRae, KCMG)

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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