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Maxwell's Rant

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MAXWELL'S RANT (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Rutherford RSCDS Book 18

1- 8 1s cross down to dance reflection reels of 3 on opposite sides
9-16 1s cross down to dance reflection reels of 3 on own sides
17-24 1s cross RH, cast to 2nd place and dance ½ Fig of 8 round 2s
25-32 1s dance down between the 3s, cast up to 2nd place and 2s+1s+3s turn partners RH. 213

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


Maxwell's Rant
Rutherford   RSCDS Book 18
Reel   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-8   1s cross down, 3s lead up, 2s cast up, into mirror reels of 3 on opposite sides;

  9-16 repeat bars 1-8, 1s crossing to own sides to start, all finishing in original places;

17-20 1s cross and cast to 2nd place;

21-24 1s cross up between 2s into half figures of 8 across;

25-28 1s lead down between 3s and cast up, finishing 2s1s3s on own sides;

29-32 2s 1s 3s turn by the right.

(MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)


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Dance Information

Clan Maxwell is a Lowland Scottish clan recognized by the Lord Lyon King of Arms, however, as the clan does not currently have a chief it is considered an Armigerous clan.

The claimed origin of the name Maxwell is that it comes from Maccus Well, a pool in the River Tweed near Kelso, Scottish Borders. Maccus was believed to be a Norse chief who lived during the reign of David I of Scotland.

Caerlaverock was a stronghold of the Maxwell family from the 13th century until the 17th century when the castle was abandoned. It was besieged by the English during the Wars of Scottish Independence, and underwent several partial demolitions and reconstructions over the 14th and 15th centuries.

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Caerlaverock Castle


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