Miss Frances I'Anson's Strathspey
Scottish Country Dance InstructionMISS FRANCES I'ANSON'S STRATHSPEY (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Clarice Middleton Richmond Anniv Book
1- 8 1L+3M set and turn RH 1½ times, dance out through others place and cast to partner's place while (bar 5) 1M+3L set and turn LH to face partner (in diagonal line)
9-16 1s+3s set to partners and turn RH and end in partner's original place then 2s set and turn LH into diagonal line facing 1st corners (2M faces 1L and 2L faces 3M)
17-24 2s+1L+3M dance ½ reel of 4 with 1st corners and ½ reel with 2nd corners (2s+3s end in centre for Diamond Poussette)
25-32 2s+3s dance ½ Diamond Poussette, 3s+1s dance ½ Diamond Poussette
(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)
Dance InformationI'Anson is not an unusual name in the north east of England. It is pronounced "Eye-Anson" with the emphasis on the "An".
According to the HouseofNames website, "The surname I'Anson is derived from the ancient Scottish given name Ian which itself comes from the Hebrew given name Yocjanan, which means Jehovah has favored me with a son."
Dance information by Caroline Brockbank.