Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Piper

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE PIPER (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Jack McConachie 18C Dances

1- 8 1s+2s dance RH across and LH back
9-16 1s slip step down for 2 bars and back then cast to 2nd place
17-24 1s dance down between 3s and cast to face 1st corners, 1s set to 1st corners then 2nd corners and end with 1M pivoting left as 1L pivots right to face partner
25-32 1s dance out Ladies' side and cast (1M round 2s, 1L round 3s) cross out Men's side and cast (1M round 3M, 1L round 2M) to 2nd place own sides

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

Dance Information

The collector of this jig, Jack McConachie, was a member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. He discovered a manuscript in Oxford University's Bodleian Library, "A Collection of the Newest Country Dances Performed in Scotland" written in 1740 at Edinburgh by D.A. Young, W.M.

McConachie adapted the phrasing of the dances to bring them more into line with 20th century Scottish country dancing of his time, while keeping true to the original style and character of the original dances.

The book "Scottish country dances of the eighteenth century" was published in 1960 by the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.


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