Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Mrs Hepburn Belches Of Invermey

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

MRS HEPBURN BELCHES (R8x48) 3C (4C set) John D Bowie

1- 8 1s+2s+3s set twice, cross RH
9-16 1s+2s+3s set twice, cross RH
17-24 1s+2s dance reel of 4 (1L and 2M pass LSh to start) and 1s pass LSh to face 3s
25-32 1s+3s dance reel of 4 (1M and 3L pass LSh to start) and 1s end in 2nd place
33-40 1s+3s dance RH across and LH across to places
41-48 2s+1s dance R&L

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


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


Dance Information

This dance, Mrs Hepburn Belches Of Invermey, was first published in the Glen Collection Of Printed Music by John Bowie of Perth, Scotland, in 1789.

Invermay is a diffuse settlement in Perth and Kinross, Scotland. It is situated approximately 2 km southeast of Forteviot on the Water of May (8 km southwest of Perth), a small river running from the Ochil Hills into the River Earnsome.

Before the mid 15th century, Invermay was known as Innermeath, and was the home of Sir John Stewart of Innermeath (great-grandson of John Stewart of Bonkyll), whose elder son was the first Lord of Lorne, and whose younger son was The Black Knight of Lorn, a powerful 15th century magnate, allied to the Black Douglases; both children were born at Invermay (still called Innermeath at the time of their birth).

Sir John's grandson, William Stewart, surrendered the Lordship of Lorne to the king, in return for being made the first Lord Innermeath; the title became extinct in 1625, by which time the name of the location had become Invermay.

Invermay was bought by the Belsches in 1717 and the name Hepburn Belsches was created in the late 1700s when John Belsches, married Mary Hepburn.

It could be assumed that the name change/error crept in during the publication of the Collection Of Strathspey Reels And Country Dances.

Also see the dance The Birks Of Invermay by Thomas Skillern.

Mrs Hepburn Belches
Mrs Hepburn Belches, From Glen Collection Of Printed Music, Collection Of Strathspey Reels And Country Dances, Page 1, c. 1789


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