Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary


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LINKUMDODDIE (R5x48) 5C set John Drewry Rondel Book

1- 8 1s and 3s set, cast 1 place and turn LH
9-16 1s and 3s dance, 1L reel of 3 with 2s (LSh to 2M) - 1M+3L reel of 4 with 4s (pass LSh and give RSh to 4s) - 3M with 5s (LSh to 5L)
17-24 All dance RH across with same couples, 1s and 3s pass partners RSh to dance LH across with other couples
25-32 1s and 3s turn 1st corners RH, partners LH, 2nd corners RH and pass partners LSh to end BtoB facing own sides
33-40 1s and 3s dance Double Triangles and end 2nd/4th places own sides facing out
41-48 1s+3s cast round 3rd corners to face each other in centre, ¾ turn partner RH and cast down 1 place. 24153

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

John Drewry Rondel Book
Reel 5 x 48 bars 5 Couple Repeat 5 Couple Set Longwise Set

  1-4   1s 3s set and cast;

  5-8   1s 3s turn by the left, finishing 1M passing 3L by the left;

  9-16 2M1L2L reel of 3 across WHILE 4M3L1M4L reel of 4 across WHILE 5M3M5L reel of 3 across;

17-20 2M1L2L right hands across WHILE 4M3L1M4L right hands across WHILE 5M3M5L right hands across;

21-24 2M1L2L left hands across WHILE 4M3L1M4L left hands across WHILE 5M3M5L left hands across;

25-32 1s 3s turn corner, partner and corner, then pass partners left shoulder;

33-40 all double triangles, finishing 1s 3s facing out on own sides;

41-44 1M 3M cast up and dance down the centre line to meet partners WHILE 1L 3L cast down and dance up to meet partners;

45-48 1s 3s turn by the right ¾ and cast, finishing 2s4s1s5s3s.

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

Dance Notes

  3-4   2s 4s step up.

  5-8   Not quite a full turn.

    -8   1M 3L pass left shoulder ready to start the reel of 4 across.

33-40 Double triangles start and finish with 1s 3s facing out on own sides.

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Dance Information

The title of this dance comes from the thatched cottage known as Linkumdoddie referred to in the Willie Wastle - Poem written by Robert Burns in 1792.

Willie Wastle dwalt on Tweed,
The spot they ca'd it Linkumdoddie;

J.R.Cosens, writing to The Scotsman in 1889, states;
"Five and a half miles above Broughton, on the road to Tweedsmuir and Moffat there is a hill burn, which joins the Tweed, called the logan water, and on the bank of the Tweed, nearly opposite to the spot where the waters meet, stood a thacched cottage known as Linkumdoddie"

This thatched cottage is a few miles away from an Inn which Burns is said to have stayed at when travelling between Edinburgh and Dumfries.

Willie Wastle Song - Information Video

There is also a Scottish highland dance, Linkumdodie, sometimes danced today at Highland games around the world, as part of Scottish National dances repertoire.

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