Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Meg Merrilees

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MEG MERRILEES (R8x24) 2C (4C set) RSCDS Book 1

1- 8 1M turns 2L RH, 2M turns 1L RH 1½ times ending in centre in line across with original partners
9-16 1s+2s dance down the middle, turn to right and dance back to top
17-24 1s+2s dance Poussette

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


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Meg Merrilees, a wild-looking, strident Gypsy woman, is one of the principal characters in Guy Mannering or The Astrologer, a novel by Sir Walter Scott, published anonymously in 1815 immediately after completing his last long narrative poem The Lord Of The Isles.

Guy Mannering is set in the 1760s to 1780s, mostly in the Galloway area of southwest Scotland. It tells the story of Henry "Harry" Bertram, the son of the Laird of Ellangowan, who is kidnapped at the age of five by smugglers after witnessing the murder of a customs officer. It follows the fortunes and adventures of Harry and his family in subsequent years, and the struggle over the inheritance of Ellangowan. The novel also depicts the lawlessness that existed at the time, when smugglers operated along the coast and thieves frequented the country roads.

Meg Merrilees is also the subject of the Meg Merrilees - Poem written by John Keats (1795-1821), one of the greatest English poets and a major figure in the Romantic movement.

Old Meg she was a Gipsy
And liv'd upon the Moors;
Her bed it was the brown heath turf,
And her house was out of doors.

Meg Merrilees Poem - Information Video

Meg Merrilees Image
"Charlotte Saunders Cushman" (1816-1876) As Meg Merrilees, Mathew Brady (1822-1896), Blue Pencil, c. 1855-1865


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Text from this original Guy Mannering article on Wikipedia.
Image Copyright (cropped) Mathew Brady [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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