Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Patron Saint

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE PATRON SAINT (S4x32) 4C set John Drewry Bankhead Book 6
3s and 4s start on opposite sides

1- 8 1L and 4L dance in slightly and followed by partner cast 1 place and 1s+4s dance LH across ending in St Andrew's Cross with corners
9-16 All Balance-in-Line (Highland Schottische), 1s and 4s turn corners RH and pass ending - 4M in middle at top, 1M in middle at bottom and 1L+4L BtoB facing partners (up/down)
17-24 4s+1s dance reel of 4 and end in 2nd/3rd place (on original sides) facing out. 2(4)1(3)
25-30 2s+4s also 1s+3s dance ¾ double Fig of 8 (2s and 3s cross down/up to start) 42(3)(1)
31-32 4s+2s also 3s+1s change places on sides (Men RH, Ladies LH) 24(1)(3)

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

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

A patron saint is a term employed within the context of Christian theology and tradition. It refers to a saint who is designated as a special advocate or protector for a particular group, community, or occupation.

The concept is grounded in the belief that saints, having led exemplary lives, possess a heightened spiritual intercession capability. Various saints are assigned specific patronages based on attributes such as their life experiences, martyrdom, or patronage during their earthly existence.

People call upon specific patrons when they need help, protection, or support in areas like work, hobbies, certain places, or health issues.

The practice of venerating patron saints is prevalent in Catholicism and some other Christian denominations, and it involves acknowledging the saint's association with particular aspects of human life or society.

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