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Prince Rupert's Fancy

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PRINCE RUPERT'S FANCY (S3x32) 3C set John Drewry Canadian Book

1- 8 1s dance down to bottom and ½ turn with Lady passing under Man's arm, 1s on opposite sides dance up, out between 2s and 3s and cast up to 1st place
9-16 1s dance reflection reels on opposite sides
17-24 1s turn 2s 1½ times (on sides) dancing between 2s to start, cross passing LSh and turn 3s 1½ times (on sides) dancing between them to start
25-32 All circle 6H round and back

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

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John Drewry inscribed this dance to Frances Mary Gordon of Aberdeen, who owned a King Charles Spaniel dog called Rupert.

Charles II (29 May 1630 - 6 February 1685) was king of England, Scotland and Ireland. He was very fond of the toy (small) spaniel, which is why these dogs now carry his name, although there is no evidence that the modern breeds are descended from his particular dogs. Samuel Pepys' diary describes how the spaniels were allowed to roam anywhere in Whitehall Palace, including during state occasions.

Prince Rupert of the Rhine KG PC FRS was a noted German soldier, admiral, scientist, sportsman, colonial governor and amateur artist during the 17th century. He first came to prominence as a Cavalier cavalry commander during the English Civil War.

It is tempting to speculate that the Rupert of this Drewry dance was a King Charles 'Cavalier' spaniel, a type of King Charles spaniel.

Prince Rupert's Fancy
Prince Rupert's Fancy - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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