Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Newmachar Reel

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE NEWMACHAR REEL (R4x32) 4C set John Drewry

1- 8 1s and 3s Figs of 8 round couple below them
9-16 1s Cross&Cast 1 place as 2s set and cross up also 3s set and cross down as 4s Cross&Cast up, 1s+4s dance ½ R&L as 2s and 3s cross RH and set
17-24 All dance RSh reels of 4 on sides
25-32 All circle 8H round and back. 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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