Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Minister On The Loch

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE MINISTER ON THE LOCH (S3x32) 3C set Roy Goldring 24 G and S Dances

1- 8 1s+2s dance Diamond Poussette
9-16 1s dance down for 2 steps, turn 2H, dance up to top and turn 2H
17-24 1s+3s dance double Fig of 8 round 2s with 1s casting to start
25-32 1M+2M turn LH 1½ times while 1L+2L turn RH 1½ times, 1M+3M turn RH 1½ times while 1L+3L turn LH 1½ times

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

The Minister on the Loch
Roy Goldring   24 Graded and Social Dances
Strathspey   3 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   3 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-8   1s2s Strathspey Poussette:

  1-1   1L 2M advance, giving left shoulder, to finish back-to-back on a diagonal line at right angles to the line joining their original places WHILE 1M 2L (starting with the left foot) advance to face partners;

  2-2   taking both hands, 1s 2s set to 1M's 2L's right, turning 16 on the third beat (1M 2L turning on the spot in their own side lines);

  3-3   1s 2s set to 1M's 2L's left, finishing on the centre line;

  4-4   2s 1s turn 56, finishing having almost exchanged places (from the end of bar 1);

  5-6   repeat bars 2-3, 2s dancing as 1s, 1s as 2s;

  7-7   1s 2s turn 23, finishing on the centre line between original places;

  8-8   releasing hands, 1s 2s set retiring to places;

  9-12 1s lead down (nearer hands) and turn both hands;

13-16 1s lead up (nearer hands) and turn both hands, finishing facing out;

17-24 1s3s double figures of 8 around 2s, 3s crossing up to start;

25-28 1M2M turn by the left 1½ times WHILE 1L2L turn by the right 1½ times;

29-32 1M3M turn by the right 1½ times WHILE 1L3L turn by the left 1½ times.

(MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)

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Dance Information

The Minister On The Loch dance is named after the oil painting, by Sir Henry Raeburn, of the Reverend Robert Walker (born in 1755 at Monkton, Ayrshire, Scotland) skating on Duddingston Loch, on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

The Minister On The Loch Painting Image
The Minister On The Loch - The Reverend Robert Walker Skating On Duddingston Loch
"The Skating Minister" Henry Raeburn (1756-1823), Oil On Canvas, c. 1790

Duddingston Loch With Church In Center Image
Duddingston Village And Church Viewed Across Duddingston Loch - Around 2006

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Text from this original The Skating Minister article on Wikipedia.
Upper Image Copyright Henry Raeburn [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
Lower Image Copyright Pinkyogamuffin.

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