Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Laird Of Milton's Daughter (3-Couple Version)

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Laird of Milton's Daughter (3-couple version)
Lord Craigmyle   RSCDS Book 22 (adapted by Reuben Freemantle)
Jig   3 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   3 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-4   1s set and cross;

  5-6   1s cast WHILE 2s step up;

  7-8   1s turn by the left to face first corners;

  9-14 first corners' chain:

  9-10 1s cross by the right with first corners;

11-12 first corners turn by the left;

13-14 1s cross by the right with first corners;

15-16 1s turn by the left to second corners;

17-22 second corners' chain - repeat bars 9-14 with second corners;

23-24 1s cross down by the left to 3rd place, finishing facing up with nearer hands joined WHILE 3s step up;

25-32 2s3s1s 6 hands round and back.

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

Dance Notes

  9-10 Corners' chains are slightly counter-intuitive; the 1s must resist the temptation to turn the corner more than halfway on these first two bars; the corners can help by releasing hands with the 1s a little early.

23-24 These are the changed movements for the progression to interchange 3s and 1s before the hands round and back.

Dance Information

Also see the original dance The Laird of Milton's Daughter, which includes a Keith Rose crib diagram and a Dance Instruction Video which are equally applicable to all except bars 23-24 of this adaptation.

The footnote in the pocket edition of RSCDS Book 22 (printed in 1984) states; "Devised by Lord Craigmyle while in India and dedicated to the baby daughter of James MacArthur-Moir (1914-2004) of Milton in the Cowal area of Argyll."

In 1991 it was determined that James Edward Moir MacArthur of Milton (The Laird of Milton) should petition the Lord Lyon to be appointed Clan Commander of Clan Arthur. Ten years later he did so, successfully, and in August 2002 was recognised James Edward Moir MacArthur of that Ilk as the rightful heir to the arms of MacArthur of Tirivadich, and that he was entitled to the chiefship of Clan Arthur.
Later in April 2003, he was officially inaugurated by clan members as Chief of Clan Arthur. He was the first official chief of the clan in about 230 years.

Mary MacArthur (The Laird of Milton's Daughter) was born on 10 October 1950, the daughter of James Edward MacArthur of that Ilk, Chief of Clan Arthur and Patricia Mary Burns Lawson.

Mary MacArthur married Neville Vinden Wood on 3 April 1976 and so from 3 April 1976, her married name became Wood.

Milton Burn Image
Milton Burn - Woodland Above Colintraive With Beinn Bhreac (Cowal) In The Background

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Text from this original Clan Arthur article on Wikipedia.
Text from this original a genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain.
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