Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Newmachar Jig

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE NEWMACHAR JIG (J4x32) 4C set John Drewry

1- 8 1s and 3s turn RH, cross down between 2s/4s and cast to partner's place
9-16 1s and 3s in prom hold dance reels of 3 with 2s/4s (pass 2M/4M RSh to start) end with 2s/4s dancing up to 1st/3rd places
17-24 1s and 3s lead down for 3 bars, lead up above 2s/4s Cross&Cast to 2nd/4th places
25-32 1s+4s turn 1½ times on sides (Men RH and Ladies LH), 2s+4s also 1s+3s dance RH across. 2413

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

Dance Information

Newmachar is a village in the north-east of Scotland, 10 miles to the north-west of Aberdeen.

The Gaelic word "machar" or "machair" refers to a fertile low-lying grassy plain found on some of the north-west coastlines of Ireland and Scotland, in particular the Outer Hebrides.

Two distinct types of Machar exist:

  • A type of sand-dune pasture, subject to agricultural cultivation, which prevails in wet and windy conditions;
  • The land between a beach and the area where sand encroaches on peat bogs further inland.
Machar On Barra

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