Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Paisley-side

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Paisley-side Medley (S48+R48) Fiona MacDonald Dances In Kintail
Alternatively danced progressively round the room in Reel time
Set - Man with 2 ladies facing a man with 2 ladies (LL on his left, LR on his right)

Strathspey
1 - 8 All Set, Dos-si-dos and set
9 - 16 M in promenade hold with LR (on right) pass LSh into reel of 4 across dance
17 - 18 M drop R-hand hold, retain L-hand hold with LR to make an arch and pass LR to left, while taking LL with R-hand under arch to right
19 - 20 M and LL make arch and LL dances back to place while LR by L hand passes under the arch, all face about and M unwinds
21 - 22 LR making the arch dances across while LL passes under, all face about again and M unwinds
23 - 24 LL makes the last arch while LR passes under (back to original places)
25 - 32 Reel of 3 with partners (RSh to LR)
33 - 36 M cross passing LSh to RA on opposite sides
37 - 40 M cross back to LA on own sides
41 - 44 ½ reel of 3 with partners (RSh to LR)
45 - 48 Advance and retire (or progress to next set)

Repeat in Reel time

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser Fiona MacDonald)

Dance Notes

17-24 M retain hand holds throughout, i.e., left hand with LR (over-under-over-under) and right hand with LL (under-over-under-over).

    -44 Ladies have exchanged places, LR now on M's left, LL on his right.


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


Dance Information

The nickname "Paisley" was given to the area near Shiel Bridge from which Birch wood was shipped south to Paisley to make bobbins for the thread manufacturers there (J&P Coats and J&J Clark).

The dance reflects the twilling of weaving and the winding of bobbins.

(Dance information from Dances In Kintail, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Fiona MacDonald)


Paisley is a large town situated in the west central Lowlands of Scotland. Located north of the Gleniffer Braes, the town borders the city of Glasgow to the east, and straddles the banks of the White Cart Water, a tributary of the River Clyde.

Paisley serves as the administrative centre for the Renfrewshire council area, and is the largest town in the historic county of the same name. It is often cited as "Scotland's largest town" and is the fifth largest settlement in the country, although it does not have city status.

The town became prominent in the 12th century, with the establishment of Paisley Abbey, an important religious hub which formerly had control over other local churches.

By the 19th century, Paisley was a centre of the weaving industry, giving its name to the Paisley shawl and the Paisley pattern.

The town's associations with political radicalism were highlighted by its involvement in the Radical War of 1820, with striking weavers being instrumental in the protests.

By 1993, all of Paisley's mills had closed, although they are memorialised in the town's museums and civic history.

Paisley, woven in silk
Paisley Patterns, Woven In Persian Silk Brocade


Published in Dances In Kintail Collection, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Fiona MacDonald.
Dance information licensed under this Creative Commons Licence 3.0.
Text from this original Paisley, Renfrewshire article on Wikipedia.
Image copyright Sialkgraph, Creative Commons Licence 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

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