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Mrs Stewart Of Fasnacloich

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MRS STEWART OF FASNACLOICH (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Golden Jubilee Dances

1- 8 1s and 2s Petronella turn into centre and set, ¾ turn partner RH and 1s+2s dance ½ RH across (1s end in 2nd place own sides)
9-16 1s cross down RH through 3rd place to dance reel of 3 with 2s+3s on opposite sides (2s+3s start passing RSh on Ladies' side and LSh on Men's side). 1s end facing 2nd corners
17-24 1s dance ½ diagonal reel of 4 with 2nd corners, turn LH for ½ LSh reel with 1st corners passing LSh to end BtoB in centre (1M face up 1L down)
25-32 1s circle 3H round to left (Man with 3s and Lady with 2s), 1s drop LH and open up to circle 6H round to left ½ way and all set. 213

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

Mrs Stewart of Fasnacloich
RSCDS Golden Jubilee Dances
Reel 8 x 32 bars 3 Couple Repeat 4 Couple Set Longwise Set

  1-4   1s 2s quarter petronella;

  5-6   1s 2s turn ¾ by the right, retaining hold;

  7-8   1s2s right hands across halfway;

  9-16 1s retain hold and cross down into mirror reels of three on opposite sides, 1L giving right shoulder to 3M, 1M left to 3L, 1s finishing facing 2nd corners;

17-20 1s half diagonal reel of 4 with 2nd corners and turn ¾ by the left to finish facing 1st corners;

21-24 reverse half diagonal reel of 4 (1s passing 1st corners by the left at the ends and corners passing each other by the right in the middle), finishing 1M facing up, 1L down, back to back on the centre line;

25-27 3s1M (at top) 1L2s (at bottom) 3 hands round to the left, 1M3L 1L2M releasing left hands to finish;

28-30 3s1s2s 6 hands round to the left halfway, finishing 2s1s3s on own sides;

31-32 2s1s3s set.

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

Dance Notes

  9-16 3s must move up and out quickly to start; 2s cast.

    -20 1s must be careful not to turn too far.

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Dance Information

Mrs Stewart of Fasnacloich and Miss Jean Milligan were the founders of the Scottish Country Dance Society.

Ysobel Stewart (1882-1968), the third child of Colonel and Mrs Campbell of Inverneill and Ross, was brought up and educated at Inverneill House, Argyll and from 1897 to 1899 she was a pupil at St Leonard's School for girls in St Andrews, Fife.

In 1909 Miss Ysobel Campbell married Major Ian Stewart living in Ayr until 1934.

Ysobel Stewart became a Girl Guide Commissioner and wanted to collect and publish Scottish dances and to teach Scottish Country Dancing to the young women in the Guides.

The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS), was founded in 1923 as the Scottish Country Dance Society by Jean Milligan and Ysobel Stewart of Fasnacloich, who wanted to preserve country dancing as performed in Scotland.

In 1934 Major Ian Stewart retired and they both moved to Camserney Cottage near Aberfeldy (pronounced "ah-bur-fell-dee") in Perthshire. After Major Ian died in 1948 Mrs Stewart returned to Argyll.

In 1955 Mrs Stewart moved to South Africa where she had family (a niece and cousins) and so she settled in Fish Hoek near the Indian Ocean until she died there in 1968 aged 86.

Fasnacloich Lies In Glen Creran, Above The Head Of Loch Creran

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