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The Montgomeries' Rant

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THE MONTGOMERIES' RANT (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Castle Menzies RSCDS Book 10

1- 8 1s cross RH and cast down to 2nd place (2s step up), cross LH and 1L casts up while 1M casts down
9-16 1s dance reels of 3 across, 1L with 2s (RSh to 2M) and 1M with 3s (RSh to 3L)
17-24 1s with nearer hands joined (Lady on Man's left) set to 2L and turn inwards to set to 3M, set to 3L and turn inward and set to 2M. End facing own 2nd corner (1L pull back LSh to face down)
25-32 2s+1s+3s dance reels of 3 on opposite sides 1s giving RSh to 2nd corner, 1s cross RH to 2nd place own sides. 213

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

The Montgomeries' Rant
Castle Menzies Mss RSCDS Book 10
Reel 8 x 32 bars 3 Couple Repeat 4 Couple Set Longwise Set

  1-4   1s cross by the right and cast;

  5-8   1s cross by the left and cast (1L up, 1M down);

  9-16 1L2s 1M3s reels of 3 across, 1s finish facing 2L;

17-18 1s set to 2L and turn about to face 3M;

19-20 1s set to 3M and turn ¼ anticlockwise (1M dancing backwards) to face 3L;

21-22 1s set to 3L and turn about to face 2M;

23-24 1s set to 2M, finishing 1M facing up, 1L down;

25-30 1L2M3M, 1M2L3L reels of 3 on opposite sides (right shoulder to second corners to start);

31-32 1s cross to 2nd place.

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

Dance Notes

  3-4   2s step up.

17-18 1s turn about toward each other.

21-22 1s turn about toward each other.

31-32 While not authentic, crossing by the left fits better, especially in the 2nd, 4th and 6th repeats when it can be changed to cross down WHILE 3s (in 4th place of the full set) step up.

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Dance Information

Also see the derivative dance The Montgomeries' Rant (3-Couple Version) from Castle Menzies, adapted by Reuben Freemantle.

The Montgomeries' Rant appeared on a programme for a dance at Castle Menzies as shown in The Menzies Manuscript (1749) from the Atholl Collection of the Sandeman Library, Perth; a photocopy reproduced in the RSCDS Archives can be seen here. The dance appears in the manuscript as n° 4, entitled "The Montgomerie's Rant a Strathspey Reele" and so was initially named after the laird of the Montgomerie clan; the apostrophe moved over time and we now write it as The Montgomeries' Rant.

The Montgomerie in question was Alexander Montgomerie, 10th Earl of Eglinton (10 February 1723 - 25 October 1769), Grand Master Mason of the Grand Lodge of Scotland from 1750-51, and friend of James Boswell (biographer of Samuel Johnson). Boswell's plan to write the Earl's biography never came to fruition.

In 1769 the Earl planned and founded the village of Eaglesham (pronounced "eagle-sam" as if the 'h' was not there) in Renfrewshire, Scotland, which is now a conservation area.

Eaglesham, Renfrewshire, Scotland - Information Video

Montgomery Street, Eaglesham
Looking Down Montgomery Street Towards The Spire Of Eaglesham Parish Church In The Snow

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