Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Mrs Stewart's Jig

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MRS STEWART'S JIG (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Frans Ligtmans RSCDS Book 35

1- 8 1s set, 1L followed by partner casts 2 places, 1L crosses (below 3s) and casts up on Men's side to 2nd place facing down while 1M dances round 3L and up the middle to 2nd place Ladies' side facing down
9-16 2s+1s+3s dance Grand Chain, end with 2M and 1M facing out
17-24 2s+1s dance Ladies' Chain
25-32 2s+1s+3s Adv&Ret for 2 steps and 1s turn 1½ RH to own sides

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


Mrs Stewart's Jig
Frans Ligtmans   RSCDS Book 35
Jig   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-2   1s set;

  3-8   1L cast 2 places, cross and cast up to 2M's place WHILE 1M cross, cast 2 places and dance up between 3s to 2L's place, 1s finishing facing down;

  9-16 2s1s3s grand chain, 2M 1M finishing facing out;

17-24 2s1s ladies' chain;

25-28 2s1s3s advance and retire;

29-32 1s turn by the right 1½ times.

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


Dance Notes

  2-2   1L pull right shoulder back to face out on the left foot step.

  9-16 All must move quickly to finish in starting positions, 2M 1M facing out.

17-18 Mn cast anticlockwise (pull left shoulder back); i.e., down when on own side, up on Ls'.

    -24 2M 1M finish ladies' chain with polite turn.


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Dance Information

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 - 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, Scotland. 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.

Camserney Cottages Image
Thatched Farm Cottages On The Track Leading From Camserney, Near Aberfeldy


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