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The Quaich

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THE QUAICH (S8x32) 3C (4C set) John Drewry Rondel Book

1- 8 1s+2s+3s set, petronella turn, set and petronella turn to opposite sides
9-16 1s+2s+3s set, cross RH, 1s+2s set facing on sides and turn (Ladies LH and Men RH)
17-24 1s dance Inveran Reels with 2s+3s
25-32 1s+2s dance the Rondel

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


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John Drewry dedicated this dance (published in the Rondel Book Of Scottish Country Dances) to Miss Milligan (co-founder of the RSCDS). He said that the dance illustrated her connection with the RSCDS right from its inception up to "the present" i.e. 1967.

The Quaich has a Petronella figure at the beginning - the dance Petronella is the first dance of RSCDS Book 1. The Quaich ends with one of the deviser's newly created figures, which Miss Milligan named the "Rondel" (she had included his The Silver Tassie with its new (Rondel) progression in the RSCDS publication The 9th Set of Mac-Nab dances). In the dance description, Drewry noted that the Rondel was to make its official appearance later in the year in RSCDS Book 23 in the dance Mrs Hamilton Of Wishaw.

A Quaich, archaically Quaigh, is a special kind of traditional, shallow, two-handled Scottish cup or bowl symbolising friendship in Scotland.

It derives from the Scottish Gaelic cuach meaning a cup. It was originally used to toast the arrival or departure of a visitor.

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The Quaich


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