Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Muirland Willie

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

MUIRLAND WILLIE (J8x32) 3C (4C set) RSCDS Book 21

1- 4 1s lead down middle and cross over to cast up to 2nd place while 2s set and cross RH to 3rd place while 3s cast up to 1st place and cross RH
5- 8 All set and ½ turn 2H to own side
9-16 Repeat bars 1- 8 from new positions
17-24 1s lead up to 1st place (4 bars); 1s set (2 bars) then 1s+2s set advancing ready for...
25-32 1s+2s dance Poussette. 213

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

Muirland Willie
Anon   RSCDS Book 21
Jig   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-4   1s cross down to third place and cast up to second place WHILE 2s set and cross down to third place WHILE 3s cast to the top and cross, all finishing on opposite sides;

  5-8   all set on the sides and cross with both hands to own sides;

  9-16 repeat bars 1-8 from new positions;

17-20 1s lead to the top;

21-22 1s set;

23-24 1s2s set, advancing;

25-32 1s2s poussette.

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

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Dance Information

The title of this dance, Muirland Willie, comes from the "Muirland Willie Song" which is by an unknown deviser and can be found in 'A Collection of Old Ballads', an anonymous book published 1723 - 1725 in three volumes in London by Roberts and Leach.

Hearken and I will tell you how
Young Muirland Willie came to woo,
Tho' he cou'd neither say nor do;
The truth I tell to you.
But aye, he cries, Whate'er betide,
Maggy I'se ha'e to be my bride,
With a fal, dal, etc.

In the third volume there are a few Scottish items - "The Broom Of Cowdenknowes", "Bessy Bell And Mary Gray", "Muirland Willie" and "The Gaberlunzie Man".

Muirland Willie Song - Information Video

Pleasures Of The Ball Painting Image
"The Pleasures Of The Ball" Antoine Watteau (1684-1721), Oil On Canvas, c. 1717

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