Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Polharrow Burn (3-Couple Version)

Scottish Country Dance Instruction


1- 8 1s cross RH, cast 1 place (2s step up) and dance ½ Fig of 8 round 2s
9-16 1s turn RH then turn LH (long turns) to face 1st corners while 2s and 3s change places RH and chase clockwise to other end of set
17-24 1s dance ½ diagonal reels of 4 with 1st corners; pass partner LSh, dance ½ diagonal reels of 4 with 2nd corners
25-32 1s dance ½ diagonal reels of 4 with 3rd corner; 1s turn partner LH (2 bars) while corners dance on 1 place anticlockwise, 1s cast down 1 place own sides. 231
A variation on this popular dance when not enough dancers for 5 couple set

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

Dance Information

Also see the original dance Polharrow Burn by Hugh Foss, which includes a Keith Rose crib diagram and a link to Dance Instruction Videos.

Much of Scotland is mountainous, western areas of the Highlands enjoy a wet climate.

Polharrow Burn is a stream in Kirkcudbrightshire, Galloway, Scotland, which rises in Loch Harrow and flows towards St John's Town of Dalry before joining the Water of Ken.

This reel, Polharrow Burn, was devised by the cryptographer and Scottish country dance deviser Hugh Foss, and appeared in his Glendarroch Scottish Country Dance Collection in 1966. He published several volumes of these from his own impress, Glendarroch Press.

Hugh lived in his retirement at Glendarroch in St John's Town of Dalry and died in 1971.

Polharrow Burn
Polharrow Burn

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