Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Mrs MacLeod (Of Raasay)

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

MRS MACLEOD (Of Raasay) (R8x32) 3C (4C set) RSCDS Book 6

1- 8 1s+2s dance RH across and LH back
9-16 1s dance nearer hands joined down the middle and up to face 1st corners
17-24 1s set to 1st corners and turn 2H, set and turn 2nd corners
25-32 1s dance reels of 3 on opposite sides giving LSh to 1st corners and cross to 2nd place own sides

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

Mrs MacLeod (of Raasay)
Anon RSCDS Book 6
Reel 8 x 32 bars 3 Couple Repeat 4 Couple Set Longwise Set

  1-8   1s2s right hands across and back;

  9-16 1s lead down and back, finishing facing first corners;

17-20 1s with first corner set and turn both hands (pas-de-basque), 1s finishing facing second corner;

21-24 1s with second corner set and turn both hands (pas-de-basque), 1s finishing facing first corner;

25-30 1s give left shoulder to first corner to start reels of 3 on opposite sides;

31-32 1s cross by the right to finish 2s1s3s.

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

Dance Notes

13-16 Although not authentic, taking left hands to lead up enables a more elegant transition to the following figure.

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Dance Information

An old dance dating back to the 1700s. Raasay is an island lying between the Isle of Skye and the Scottish mainland, and has traditionally belonged to the MacLeods.

There is also a Scottish highland dance, Mrs MacLeod Of Raasay, sometimes danced today at Highland games around the world, as part of Scottish National dances repertoire.

(Dance information by Sir Christopher MacRae, KCMG)

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