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Neidpath Castle

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NEIDPATH CASTLE (S3x32) 3C set Derek Haynes RSCDS Book 22

1- 8 All set and turn partners 2H twice and set again
9-16 All dance Grand Chain
17-24 1s dance down between 2s, cast behind 3s, dance up between 3s, cast up behind 2s. 1s+2s end ready for a ½ Diamond Poussette
25-32 1s+2s dance ½ Diamond Poussette, 3s dance in on bar 28 and 1s+3s dance ½ Diamond Poussette 1s ending in 3rd place. 231

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

Neidpath Castle
Derek Haynes   RSCDS Book 22
Strathspey   3 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   3 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-2   All set on the sides;

  3-6   all turn both hands twice;

  7-8   all set on the sides;

  9-16 grand chain;

17-20 taking nearer hands, 1s lead down between 2s and cast down below 3s;

21-24 taking nearer hands, 1s lead up between 3s and cast up above 2s;

25-28 1s2s half poussette;

29-32 1s3s half poussette, finishing 2s3s1s.

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

Dance Notes

  1-32 This is an elegant dance.

  3-6   These turns are quite quick; the hold should be open, the hands at shoulder height and cover.

  9-16 1s cross at the top to start.

24-24 2s dance in (2L using a left foot step) WHILE 1s complete the cast up to finish 1s 2s with two hand open hold on a steep diagonal line at right angles to the line joining 1L's and 2M's places, 1L back to back with 2M.

25-     1L must change to left foot step for the half poussette.

25-25 1s set to 1M's right, 2s to 2L's right, turning 16 on the third beat (1M 2L turning on the spot in their own side lines);

26-26 1s set to 1M's left, 2s set to 2L's left, finishing on the centre line, 2s above 1s;

27-27 2s 1s turn 56, finishing having almost exchanged places (from the end of bar 25);

28-28 2s complete the half poussette by retiring to finish in 1st place WHILE 3s dance in (3L using a left foot step) and take both hands WHILE 1s modify the last step of the half poussette to finish 1s 3s with two hand open hold on a diagonal line at right angles to the line joining 2L's 3M's original places, 1L back to back with 3M.

29-32 As bars 25-28 with 3s dancing as 2s but 1s also finishing in the side lines.

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Also see the dance Neidpath Tower, a four couple version of Neidpath Castle, by Rod Downey.

Neidpath Castle is an L-plan rubble-built tower house, overlooking the River Tweed about 1 mile (2 km) west of Peebles in the Borders of Scotland.

An early castle was probably built here by Simon Fraser of Oliver Castle between 1263 and 1266, while he held the office of High Sheriff of Tweeddale. The barony of Neidpath was acquired by the Hay family, through marriage to the Fraser heiress in the early 14th century. Sir William de Haya (d.c.1390) probably built the present castle in the late 14th century. It was held by them until the 17th century, although Sir William's grandson, Sir William Hay, married the daughter and heiress of Sir Hugh Gifford of Yester, acquiring Yester Castle, which became the principal family seat, although Neidpath continued to be used.

Neidpath Castle was visited by Mary, Queen of Scots in 1563, and by her son James VI in 1587.

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