Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Lady Susan Stewart's Strathspey

Scottish Country Dance Instruction


1- 8 1s cast to bottom, turn out and back to places
9-16 1s lead down the middle and back casting to 2nd place
17-24 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back 1s end facing 1st corners
25-32 1s dance 'Hello-Goodbye' setting ending with a clap and petronella turn to 2nd place

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

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

Susan Spencer-Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough (10 April 1767 - 2 April 1841), formerly Lady Susan Stewart, was the wife of George Spencer-Churchill, 5th Duke of Marlborough.

Lady Susan Stewart was the daughter of John Stewart, 7th Earl of Galloway, and his second wife, the former Anne Dashwood. She married the future duke on 15 September 1791, when he was styled Marquess of Blandford. They were married at her father's house in St James's Square, London, by the Archbishop of Canterbury, John Moore.

They had four children:

  1. George Spencer-Churchill, 6th Duke of Marlborough (1793-1857)
  2. Lord Charles Spencer-Churchill (1794-1840), who married Ethelred Catherine Benett and had children
  3. Reverend Lord George Henry Spencer-Churchill (1796-1828), who married his cousin Elizabeth Martha Nares, daughter of Red. Edward Nares and Lady Caroline Spencer-Churchill (daughter of the fourth duke) and had no children.
  4. Lord Henry John Spencer-Churchill (1797-1840). Lord Henry John was a naval captain, and died on board HMS Druid of "congestion of the brain", off Macao, where he is buried.

In 1817 the marquess inherited the dukedom from his father, George Spencer, 4th Duke of Marlborough, at which point his wife became Duchess of Marlborough.

The duchess died at her house in Park Lane, London, aged 73. In the previous year two of her sons, Charles and Henry John, had died, along with Charles's wife and her husband the duke himself. She was buried in the chapel of Blenheim Palace.

Lady Susan Stewart
Lady Susan Stewart - Susan Spencer-Churchill, Duchess Of Marlborough (10 April 1767 - 2 April 1841)

Dance information licensed under this Creative Commons Licence 3.0.
Text from this original Susan Spencer-Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough article on Wikipedia.
Image copyright Unidentified painter / Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

Back to the top of this Scottish Country Dancing Instructions 'Lady Susan Stewart's Strathspey' page