Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

My Wife's A Winsome Wee Thing

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MY WIFE'S A WINSOME WEE THING (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Tony Moretti Pinewoods Collection 2

1- 8 1s dance mirror Figs of 8 on own sides round standing 2s and 3s, dancing in/down to start
9-16 1s cross down and dance mirror reels of 3 on opposite sides
17-24 1s cross RH and cast to 2nd place, cross down between 3s and cast up to 2nd place opposite sides
25-32 2s+1s+3s advance and retire, 1s turn RH 1½ times

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

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

The title of this dance, My Wife's A Winsome Wee Thing, comes from My Wife's A Winsome Wee Thing - Song written by Robert Burns in 1792.

She is a winsome wee thing,
She is a handsome wee thing,
She is a bonnie wee thing,
This dear wee wife o' mine!

Tony Moretti devised My Wife's A Winsome Wee Thing for his wife, Betty Moretti.

Glasgow born Tony Moretti met Betty when they were both working in a Rolls Royce factory during the war. They later worked in service together as a husband and wife butler and housekeeper in houses of the Scottish wealthy.

They moved to the USA together to perform the same roles, and settled there permanently.

My Wife's A Winsome Wee Thing Song - Information Video

My Wife's A Winsome Wee Thing - Rolls Royce Factory
Production Of Merlin Engines At A Rolls Royce Factory, c. 1942
Female Workers Attaching The Induction Manifolds To The Cylinder Blocks

Image copyright (cropped) Richard Stone, Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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