Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

McGhie The Moudie-Catcher

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

McGhie The Moudie-Catcher (H4x32) 4C set Lewis N Derrick 1986

1-4 The 1st and 2nd couples, likewise the 3rd and 4th couples, dance half rights and lefts
5-8 The 1st and 4th couples dance half rights and lefts (no polite turns) to end 2413 facing corners (man to woman in all corners; 2nd and 3rd couples are on opposite sides)
9-16 Passing corner persons right shoulders to begin, all dance diagonal interlocking reels of four, briefly giving left hands across in the middle. The 4th and 1st couples end facing their corner persons again
17-20 The 4th and 1st couples turn their corner persons by the right hand
21-24 The 4th and 1st couples dance left hands across while the 2nd and 3rd couples set to their partners across the dance and cross over giving left hands
25-32 The 4th, 1st and 3rd couples change places with a poussette, the 4th and 1st couples dancing down and the 3rd couple dancing up two places, to end in the order 2341

Repeat with a new top couple

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


Dance Notes

Bars 9-16 are very fast and the corner people must be ready to dance down or up the dance slightly in order to get into the centre for the first half wheel.

(Dance notes by the deviser, Lewis N Derrick)


Dance Information

This dance, McGhie The Moudie-Catcher, was dedicated to John McGhie of High Park Smithy, a New Galloway mole-catcher.

Suggested tune: Flora's Hornpipe.

Devised August 1986; first published 1987, republished electronically 2020.

Copyright 1986, 1987, 2020 Lewis N. Derrick.

Mole Catcher Mosaic
Mole Catcher Mosaic
The Path On The Green In North Thoresby, Lincolnshire, Has A Number Of Mosaics Depicting Local Trades, Mostly Historical.
This One Depicts The Mole Catcher (Or Rather His Quarry!)


Dance information from The McGhie Scottish Country Dance Books, Volume 2, McGhie the Moudie Catcher and Other Scottish Country Dances, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Lewis N Derrick.
Image copyright Bob Emm under this Creative Commons Licence 2.0.

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