Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

A Man's A Man For A' That

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

A MAN'S A MAN FOR A' THAT (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Thomas Wilson RSCDS Book 30

1- 8 1s+2s set twice and dance RH across to places
9-16 1s lead down, ½ turn RH and lead up to face 2s (1s BtoB in centre facing 2s who have stepped up), set and 1s face 1st corners
17-24 1s turn 1st corner RH, turn partner LH, turn 2nd corner RH and cross LH to 2nd place own sides
25-32 2s+1s+3s dance Grand Chain

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


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Dance Information

The title of this dance, A Man's A Man For A' That, comes from the A Man's A Man For A' That - Poem written by Robert Burns in 1795.

This poem, also known as "Is There For Honest Poverty", is famous for its expression of egalitarian ideas of society, which may be seen as expressing the ideas of liberalism that arose in the 18th century.

A Man's A Man For A' That First Verse;

Is there for honest Poverty
That hings his head, an' a' that;
The coward slave-we pass him by,
We dare be poor for a' that!
For a' that, an' a' that.
Our toils obscure an' a' that,
The rank is but the guinea's stamp,
The Man's the gowd for a' that.

Robert Burns Portrait Painting Image
Robert Burns
"Portrait Of Burns" Alexander Nasmyth (1758–1840), c. 1787


Published in https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/A_Man%27s_a_Man_for_A%27_That
Image Copyright Alexander Nasmyth [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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