Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Lindisfarne Strathspey

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE LINDISFARNE STRATHSPEY (S4x32) 4C set John F Rigby The Lindisfarne Strathspey and 8 Other SCDs

1- 8 2s+3s dance RH across; 1s+2s also 3s+4s dance LH across
9-12 2s+3s dance RH across while 1M followed by 1L cast to 4th place own side and 4L followed by 4M cast up to 1st place own side
13-16 4s+2s also 3s+1s dance ½ LH across; 4s+1s cross LH so all on opposite sides. (2)(4)(1)(3)
17-32 "The Lindisfarne Knot":-
' 1st place (2s) set, cross to 2nd place (no hands) facing out
' 2nd place (4s) cast to 3rd place and cross down to 4th place (no hands) facing partner
' 3rd place (1s) cross to 2nd place (no hands) and dance up to 1st place
' 4th place (3s) set, cast up to 3rd place [only true casting is in 2nd/4th place at start of figure - other times just dance up or down outside set]
' Repeat from new positions 3 more times. 2413
Alternative version bars 17-32
17-20 2s+4s and 1s+3s circle 4H round to Left (or 4s/3s lead up between 2s/1s and cast back to place)
21-24 2s and 1s dance ½ Fig of 8 down round couples below
25-32 All dance 8 bars of the "Lindisfarne Knot" figure

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


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams



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