Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

May In Minginish

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

May In Minginish (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Lewis N Derrick 1988

1-8 The 1st couple set and, giving right hands in passing, cross down between the 2nd couple, cast up to the top of the set on opposite sides and, taking nearer hands, dance down to second place; the 2nd couple step up on bars 7-8
9-12 The 1st and 3rd couples dance four hands once round to the left ending on the sidelines
13-14 With hands joined on the sidelines, the 1st man and 3rd woman, likewise the 1st woman and 3rd man, advance setting to partners
15-16 Giving both hands, the 1st and 3rd couples turn partners once round; the 3rd couple dance out to the sidelines while the 1st couple end in the middle (on opposite sides) facing up with nearer hands joined
17-20 The 2nd and 1st couples dance four hands once round to the left ending on the sidelines
21-22 With hands joined on sidelines, the 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples advance setting to partners
23-24 Giving both hands, the 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples turn partners once round; the 2nd and 3rd couples dance out to the sidelines to end facing out while the 1st couple end in the middle (on opposite sides) facing up with nearer hands joined as on bar 16
25-32 Giving hands to partners wherever possible, the 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples dance reels of three on the sidelines. To begin, the 2nd couple dance out and down, the 1st couple in and up and the 3rd couple out and up. Giving left hands in passing, the 1st couple cross down to third place on bars 29-30 to finish in second place own sides at the end of the reel

Repeat having passed a couple

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Lewis N Derrick 2020)


Dance Information

This dance, May In Minginish, was devised for the 90th birthday of Miss May Blanche Derrick, who spent some of her childhood living at Carbost in the Minginish area of Skye.

Suggested tune: Invercauld.

Devised October 1988; first published 1989; republished electronically 2020.

Copyright 1988, 1989, 2020 Lewis N. Derrick.


Minginish is a peninsula on the island of Skye in Scotland. It is situated in south central Skye, between Loch Scavaig and Glen Drynoch in the west and Loch Harport and Glen Sligachan in the south and east. It includes most of the peaks of the Cuillin hills including Sgurr Alasdair, the highest point on the island at 992 metres (3,255 ft). The island of Soay lies offshore across the Soay Sound, with the Small Isles further south across the Cuillin Sound.

Much of the interior is uninhabited and the terrain is a series of hills and mountains dissected by steep-sided valleys such as Glen Brittle and Glen Eynort. To the east, Loch Coruisk, which has been painted by William Daniell and J.M.W. Turner amongst others and visited by Walter Scott. is only accessible by boat or on foot via a track from Sligachan.

There are a number of small settlements in Minginish, principally along the south coast of Loch Harport, including Carbost, Drynoch and Fiskavaig. Eynort and Talisker are further south. Crofting is a mainstay of the economy and Talisker whisky is distilled in Carbost.

The Gaelic name Minginis means "main headland".

Minginish - Information Video

May In Carbost, Minginish, Skye
Carbost, Minginish, Skye


Dance information from The McGhie Scottish Country Dance Books, Volume 4, The McGhie's Seat And Other Scottish Country Dances, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Lewis N Derrick.
Dance information licensed under this Creative Commons Licence 3.0.
Text from this original Minginish article on Wikipedia.
Image copyright Stuart Wilding under this Creative Commons Licence 2.0.

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