Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Mary Morison

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

MARY MORISON (S8x32) 3C (4C set) John Drewry Brodie Book

1- 8 1s and 3s petronella into centre, set to partner, ¾ turn RH and dance RH across ½ way
9-16 3s+2s+1s dance reels of 3 on sides (2s pass person on right RSh), 2s petronella turn into centre as 3s+1s dance down/up to meet on sides
17-24 3s+2s+1s set to partners, circle 6H round to left and set
25-32 2s advance towards each other while 1s followed by 3s dance down and into prom hold (213) and Promenade

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

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

The title of this dance, Mary Morison, comes from Mary Morison - Song written by Robert Burns in around 1784.

O Mary, at thy window be!
It is the wish'd, the trysted hour.
Those smiles and glances let me see,
That make the miser's treasure poor,
How blithely wad I bide the stoure,
A weary slave frae sun to sun;
Could I the rich reward secure,
The lovely Mary Morison.

'Mary Morison' was the finest of Robert Burns early songs, written prior to The Kilmarnock Volume, but not included and only sent to George Thomson on 20 March 1793.

Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, has said that Mary Morison is her favourite Burns poem. Burns for her has always been one of the greatest love poets, with his "simple, memorable, lyrical, true and deeply human" poems.

Mary Morison Song - Information Video

Mary Morison Song
Mary Morison Song, Image From Book, c. 1875

Image copyright (cropped) Burns, Robert, 1759-1796; Herdman, Robert, 1829-1888; Paterson, Robert, fl. 1860-1899 [No restrictions], via Wikimedia Commons.

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