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Meet Linlithgow

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Meet Linlithgow 40 bar strathspey for four couples in a 4 couple longwise set. Vilmos Bagoly, 2018.

1-8 All set, then 1st and 2nd men giving left hands, 3rd and 4th men giving right hands, 1st and 2nd women giving right hands, 3rd and 4th women left hands, turn halfway to end with 1st and 4th couples back to back, nearer hands joined with partner. 1st and 4th couples set and link, while 2nd and 3rd couples dance back to back (2,1x,4x,3).
9-16 1st couple dance half a figure of eight up round 2nd couple as 4th couple dance half a figure of eight down round 3rd couple. 1st and 4th couples set and link. (2,4,1,3).
17-18 4th and 1st couples advance one step and retire one step, while 2nd and 3rd man, giving right hands, 2nd and 3rd women, giving left hands, change places.
19-22 Bottom 3 couples dance half mirror reels of three on own sides, 1st couple dancing in and down to begin.
23-24 All four couples, giving both hands, turn once round to finish in the middle, nearer hands joined, with 3rd couple facing 2nd couple and 1st couple facing 4th couple (3,2,1,4).
25-32 3rd and 2nd couples dance a rondel as 4th and 1st couples dance a mirror rondel, at the top 2nd couple going up make the arches, at the bottom 1st couple going down make the arches (2,3,4,1).
33-40 2nd couple with 3rd couple and 4th couple with 1st couple dance a poussette.

Repeat from new positions.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Vilmos Bagoly, 2018)

Crib Diagram

Meet Linlithgow Diagram
Meet Linlithgow - From A Reel Goulash 2

Dance Information

Linlithgow (pronounced "lin-lith-go") is a town in West Lothian, Scotland.

It was historically West Lothian's county town, reflected in the county's alternative name of Linlithgowshire. An ancient town, it lies south of its two most prominent landmarks: Linlithgow Palace and Linlithgow Loch, and north of the Union Canal, 20 miles (32 km) west of Edinburgh along the main railway route to Glasgow.

Linlithgow's patron saint is Saint Michael and its motto is St. Michael is kinde to straingers. A statue of the saint holding the burgh coat of arms stands on the High Street.

The chief historic attraction of Linlithgow is the remains of Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of James V and Mary, Queen of Scots, and probably Scotland's finest surviving late medieval secular building.

The present palace was started (on an older site) in 1424 by James I of Scotland. It was burnt in 1746, and, whilst unroofed, it is still largely complete in terms of its apartments, though very few of the original furnishings survived.

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Meeting In Linlithgow
Meeting In Linlithgow, Linlithgow Palace From The Public Park Surrounding It, Known As The Peel

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Dance information from A Reel Goulash 2, Budapest Book of Scottish Country Dances, reproduced here with kind permission.
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Image copyright AlistairMcMillan July 10 2005 [CC BY-SA (], via Wikimedia Commons.

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