Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Mercat Cross (Priddey)

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE MERCAT CROSS (R4x32) 4C set Barry Priddey Jacobite Book
2s and 4s start on opposite sides

1- 8 All dance RSh reels of 4 on sides
9-16 1s+2s also 3s+4s dance Men's Chain and end holding RH and LH to next Lady for...
17-24 All Balance-in-Line, keeping RH (dropping LH) rotate into lines across (Men side by side) all Balance-in-Line, drop LH and rotate into lines on sides and Balance-in-Line, drop LH and ½ turn RH to original places all facing in
25-32 1s+2s also 3s+4s dance ½ R&L, 1s+4s dance ½ R&L

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

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

Also see the dance Mercat Cross (Attwood) by Jean Attwood.
Also see the dance Mercat Cross (Dickson) by John Bowie Dickson.
Also see the dance Mercat Cross (Skelton) by Barry Skelton.

A mercat cross is a market cross found in Scottish cities and towns where trade and commerce was a part of economic life. It was originally a place where merchants would gather, and later became the focal point of many town events such as executions, announcements and proclamations. To this day several important announcements and proclamations are still ceremonially made at the Mercat Cross in Edinburgh, including the calling of general elections and the succession of new monarchs.

Despite the name, the typical mercat cross is not actually cruciform - variations range from a short pole stuck in the ground to the grand pillar rising out of the "cross house" in Edinburgh.

The Mercat Cross
One Of The Finest Examples Of A Mercat Cross Is In Inverkeithing In Fife

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