Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Monymusk

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MONYMUSK (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Preston RSCDS Book 11

1- 8 1s turn RH and cast to 2nd place, turn 1¼ times LH to end 1L between 2s to face 1M between 3s
9-16 2s+1s+3s set twice 1s turning (bars 11-12) onto opposite sides and all set twice again on sides
17-24 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back
25-32 1s dance reels of 3 on sides giving RSh to person on their Right and 1s cross RH to places

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


Monymusk
Preston   RSCDS Book 11
Strathspey   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

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

  5-8   1s turn by the left 1¼ times, finishing 2M1L2L facing 3M1M3L in lines across;

  9-10 all set;

11-12 all set again (1s pulling right shoulder back on the second step), finishing 2s1s3s on the sides;

13-16 all set twice on the sides;

17-24 2s1s3s 6 hands round and back;

25-30 reels of 3 on the sides, 1s giving right shoulder to second corners;

31-32 1s cross to own sides in 2nd place.

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


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Dance Information

This dance, Monymusk (c. 1786), is named after the Strathspey tune, Monymusk (c. 1775), which itself was named after the baronial estate (c. 1170).

The pipe-inspired Strathspey tune, Monymusk (Money Musk), can be found first in Daniel Dow's (Edinburgh music teacher 1732-1783) collection, Thirty-Seven New Reels And Strathspeys (circa 1775), under the title Sir Archibald Grant Of Monemusk. It then appears in 1786 as Sir Archibald Grant's Reel, then in 1799 with Niel Gow as Monny Musk and since 1778 in many collections as Monymusk.

Monymusk Strathspey takes it's name from Monymusk House, a baronial estate in the possession of the Grant family, in the Marr area of Aberdeenshire, Scotland, which was almost entirely rebuilt in 1840, although its history dates back to 1170.

Monymusk (pronounced "moaneemusk") is a version of the Gaelic words "Muine muisc" meaning a "noxious weed or bush".

Monymusk Strathspey Tune And Baronial Estate - Information Video

The House Of Monymusk Image
The House Of Monymusk


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Text from this original Money Musk article on The Traditional Tune Archive.
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