1- 8 1s dance RSh reels of 3 on own sides and continue to 2nd places
9-16 1s lead down the middle and back to 2nd places
17-24 2s+1s circle 4h round and back to places
(MINICRIB, Dance Crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)
It was raised in response to the threat posed by the French Revolution. It embarked for Gibraltar in September 1794 and then moved on to Corsica in June 1795. From Corsica a detachment was sent to Elba in August 1796 and the whole regiment returned to Gibraltar in September 1796. The regiment returned to England in March 1798 but was then deployed to Ireland in May 1798 to help suppress the Irish Rebellion.
The regiment was re-ranked as the 92nd (Highland) Regiment of Foot in October 1798. Under the Childers Reforms it amalgamated with the 75th (Stirlingshire) Regiment of Foot to form the Gordon Highlanders in 1881. The Regimental Colours of the 92nd were laid-up in St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh, some two years later by the Duke of Cambridge, where they remain to the present day.
The Marquis of Huntly, George Gordon 5th Duke of Gordon, was born at Edinburgh on 2 February 1770, the eldest son of Alexander Gordon, 4th Duke of Gordon and his wife, the celebrated Jane Gordon, Duchess of Gordon, née Lady Jane Maxwell. He was educated at Eton and became a professional soldier and rose to the rank of general. As Marquis of Huntly, he served with the guards in Flanders from 1793 to 1794.
He raised the 92nd Highlanders and commanded the regiment in Spain, Corsica, Ireland and the Netherlands from 1795 to 1799, where he was badly wounded. He commanded a division in the Walcheren Expedition of 1809.
The Marquis of Huntly was a freemason and was Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Scotland from 1792 to 1794. He was Member of Parliament for Eye from 1806 to 1807. On 11 April 1807, at the age of 37, he was summoned to the House of Lords in one of the minor peerages of his father (Baron Gordon of Huntley, co. Gloucester). He was appointed a Privy Counsellor in 1830, was Keeper of the Great Seal of Scotland from 1828 to 1830 (a post that his father had held until 1827), and from 1827 to 1836 was Governor of Edinburgh Castle.
This dance is from William Campbell's (19th) Book of New and Favorite Country Dances and Strathspey Reels, circa 1800. The recommended tune is The Ninety-Second, by William Marshall.