Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary


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MOONRAKERS (R8x32) 3C (4C set) E Nelson Imperial 3

1- 8 1M followed by partner cast 1 place, 1s dance up followed by 3s, 1M followed by partner cast to 3rd place and cast to own side as 3s end at top. (3)(2)(1)
9-16 1s set to 2s set on sides and change places RH, 1s set and cross LH. 3(1)2
17-24 3s+1s+2s dance 3 Couple Men's Chain:
 All 3 Men dance RH across ½ way while partners cast left to meet approaching Man, all turn LH (1M+1L, 2M+3L and 3M+2L), Men dance RH across ½ way while partners cast to meet approaching Man and all turn LH (1M+2L, 2M+1L and 3M+3L) to end as bar 16
25-32 3s+1s+2s dance ½ reels of 3 on sides (1M RSh to 3L and 1L RSh to 2M), 1s turn RH 1½ times

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

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

Also see the dance Moonshine by B Fawdry.

Moonrakers is the colloquial name for people from Wiltshire, a county in the West Country of England.

This name comes from a legend or folk story set in the time when smuggling was a significant industry in rural England, with Wiltshire lying on the smugglers' secret routes between the south coast and customers in the centre of the country. The story goes that some local people had hidden contraband barrels of French brandy from customs officers in a village pond. While trying to retrieve it at night, they were caught by the revenue men, but explained themselves by pointing to the moon's reflection and saying they were trying to rake in a round cheese.

The excise men, thinking they were simple yokels, laughed at them and went on their way. But, as the story goes, it was the moonrakers who had the last laugh. In the words of an anonymous Wiltshireman who recounted the story to writer Arthur Granville Bradley: "Zo the excizeman 'as ax'd 'n the question 'ad his grin at 'n,... but they'd a good laugh at 'ee when 'em got whoame the stuff."

Section Of Mural In Trowbridge, Showing The Moonrakers

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