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Lord Maclay's Reel

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LORD MACLAY'S REEL (R4x40) 4C set Doris Robertson Guide To SCD (ex-Collins)

1- 8 1s+4s cross RH, cast 1 place down/up (2s+3s step up/down) and dance RH across ending 1s between 2s and 4s between 3s all facing up
9-16 All pas-de-basque coupe 4 times (popular version - All coupe pas-de-basque 4 times)
17-24 1s+2s also 3s+4s dance RSh reels of 4 across finishing by dancing to original places. 1234
25-32 All circle 8H round and back
33-40 1s cross RH (2s do not step up), cast to 2nd place, cross LH and cast to bottom (2s+3s+4s step up bars 39-40)

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

Dance Notes

Guide to SCD has bars 33-40 1s cross RH, cast 1 place, cross RH again and cast to bottom place.

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Dance Information

Maclay was the eldest surviving son of James Maclay, 1st Baron Maclay, and his wife Martha. John Maclay, 1st Viscount Muirshiel, was his younger brother. Lord Maclay married Nancy Margaret, daughter of Robert Coventry Greig, in 1936. Their wedding was held in Paisley Abbey.

He was educated at Fettes College, Edinburgh and Trinity College, Cambridge and died in November 1969, aged 70. A memorial service was held for him in Glasgow Cathedral. He was succeeded in the barony by his eldest son Joseph.

Maclay went into the shipping business and became chairman of the company his father had established, Maclay and McIntyre of Glasgow.

He was elected to the House of Commons for Paisley in 1931, a seat he held until the 1945 general election. In 1951 he succeeded his father in the barony and entered the House of Lords.

During the Second World War, Maclay followed similar footsteps to those his father had trod in the Great War, when he was appointed Head of the Convoy and Admiralty Liaison, in the Ministry of War Transport between 1943-1945.

Lord Maclay's Reel Crib
Lord Maclay's Reel Crib - Before Minicrib

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