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The Priest And His Books

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THE PRIEST AND HIS BOOKS (J8x24) 3C (4C set) Castle Menzies RSCDS Book 7

1- 8 1M leads 3L up to top (2L steps down), 1M dances round to place as 3L casts to 2nd place, 1L with 3M repeat
9-16 3s followed by 1s dance down the middle, 1s dance up to top while 3s dance up and turn RH to original places
17-24 1s cast 1 place, lead down between 3s and cast up to 2nd places

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

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The Priest and His Books is a Scottish Country Dance found in the Castle Menzies Register of Dances from 1749, and interpreted by the RSCDS in book 7, 1931.

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Priest And His Books
"Priest With Book And Lady" Leopoldina Borzino (1826-1902), Watercolors, 19th century

Image copyright Leopoldina Borzino (1826-1902) (, public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

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