Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Master Of Linden

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Master Of Linden 40 bar jig for 5 couples in a longwise set Rod Downey The Piwakawaka Collection

1-4 1C with 2C, 3C with 4C dance 4 hands across.
5-6 1C half turn moving to second place on opposite sides, 3C half turn moving to 4th place on opposite sides, while 2C and 4C dance up one place, the ladies casting.
7-8 All take hands on the sides and set.
9-12 1C with 4C, 3C with 5C LH across.
13-14 1C and 3C half turn LH moving down one place, while 4C and 5C dance up one place, the men casting.
15-16 All take hands on the side and set. One the last setting step, 5C and 3C turn to face up, 1C and 4C turn to face down and 2C faces down.
17-24 Mirror lead change tandem reels of three on the sides, as follows. 2L, 4L with 1L, and 5L with 3L; to begin 4L together with 1L give LS to 5L and 3L, and with the 4L with 1L, change leads twice, once at each end, whilst 5L with 3L lead change at the top of the set only. The tandem reelers should remain close. Similarly on the men's side, 2M, 4M with 1M, and 5M with 3M, with the 4M with 1M giving RS to 5M and 3M. At the end, 5C and 3C finish facing out, and 4C and 1C facing down and in. It would be behoove 4C with 1C to be inside of the set anticipating the next movement. Keep the reels tight. If the set gets elongated, bad things happen.
25-32 1C and 3C dance a double figure of eight around the 5C, beginning with 1C crossing down and 3C casting up.
33-40 10 hands round and back.

Repeat from new positions.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser Rod Downey, Johnsonville SCD Club Tutor)

Dance Information

This jig was first devised 3/7/2022. Modified to the present form on 3/10/2022, after I finally danced it. (Earlier versions had double lead change double figures of eight on bars 25-32. These seem very difficult in quick time.)

Tribute to Ian Simmonds who establish the Linden Club in Wellington, and taught there for 40 years.

Bars 1-16 are based around his very nice dance "The Five Row Reel", which Ian wrote for Peter Elmes (based on the 5 rows of his accordion). However, when I think of Ian I think of jigs, and hence this dance is written as a jig.

Ian was teacher at my first Wellington Region Beginners Class, although Barbara Kent was my very first teacher. Later I learned a lot from his keen eye when we did many demonstrations for the region and for the demonstrations in Retirement Villages and hospitals.

Recommended music is either "The Earl of Morton's Jig" as recorded by Catherine Fraser and Duncan Smith on "Old Favourites and Odd Couples", or "The Golden Pheasant" as recorded by Adam Rennie and his SCD Quartet, on "Village Hall to Royal Ball".

If you have a musician I would prefer the latter tune as lead. The music should not be too fast, but a steady jig.

(Dance information from The Piwakawaka Collection Of Scottish Country Dances, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Rod Downey)

Published in The Piwakawaka Collection, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Rod Downey.

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