Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Love Strichen

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

LOVE STRICHEN (R4x32) 4C set P Richardson

1- 8 1L followed by partner casts 1 place and crosses to opposite side, 2s+1s circle 4H round to left and end in prom hold facing each other
9-16 2s+1s set, 2s set while 1s retire 1 place and 3s cast up 1 place to face 1s in prom hold, 2s+1s+3s set, 2s+3s set while 1s retire 1 place and 4s cast up 1 place to face 1s in prom hold
17-24 All set and retire to sides, all advance and retire (with 1s ½ turning 2H after the advance)
25-32 All dance RSh reel of 4 on sides

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

Dance Information

We speculate that the dance title is a pun referring to the place Strichen, and to the expression love struck (struck in Scots being "strikin"(e, -yn, -en, strikkin, -en, strykin, stryk(k)yn, strykyne, strickin, -en, strictin, etc.). The expression love struck means besotted, infatuated, overwhelmed by intense romantic feelings.

Strichen is a village in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It sits on the A981, connecting it to New Deer 7.2 miles (12 km) to the southwest and Fraserburgh 8 miles (13 km) to the north-northeast, and the B9093, connecting it to New Pitsligo about four miles due west. The village got its name from Lord Strichen. It is situated on the River Ugie at the foothills of Mormond Hill. The Strichen White Horse is constructed of quartz on Mormond Hill, some 1500m Northeast of Strichen.

There is considerable evidence of local habitation by early man in and around Strichen. Strichen Stone Circle is to be found near to Strichen House in publicly accessible land. (Recumbent stone circles are rare outside north-eastern Scotland). Further south lies the Catto Long Barrow and a number of tumuli.

There are several listed buildings within the village. The most significant is the category A listed Town House constructed to a design by the Aberdeen architect John Smith in 1816. It is described by Historic Scotland as an "excellent example of an early 19th century castellated Town House".

Love Strichen Swans
Swans On Strichen Community Park

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