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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 Figs of 8 on own sides (1s in and down to start)
9-16 1s cross down (each couple cross down as they reach top place) and dance reflection reels on sides
17-24 1s cross RH and cast 1 place, cross down between 3s and cast up to 2nd place opposite sides
25-32 2s+1s+3s Adv&Ret, 1s turn RH 1½ times

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


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 Image
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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