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Reel Of The Royal Scots

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REEL OF THE ROYAL SCOTS (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Roy Goldring RSCDS Leaflet Dances 27

1- 8 1s ½ turn 2s on sides (1M RH - 1L LH) to face out, 2s+1s+3s set, 1s ½ turn 3s on sides (1M LH - 1L RH) end 3s facing out and 2s+3s+1s set
9-16 1s followed by 3s dance up between 2s, cast down 1 place, dance in and 1s cast up to 2nd place 3s end in 3rd place
17-24 1s turn 1st corners RH, pass partner RSh turn 2nd corners RH and cross passing partner RSh to 2nd place own sides
25-32 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back. 213

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

Reel of the Royal Scots
Roy Goldring   SCD Leaflets
Reel   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-2   1L2L turn by the left halfway WHILE 1M2M turn by the right halfway, finishing in double triangles position;

  3-4   2s1s3s balance on the sides;

  5-6   1L3L turn by the right halfway WHILE 1M3M turn by the left halfway, finishing in double triangles position;

  7-8   2s3s1s balance on the sides;

  9-16 WHILE 3s cast to follow, 1s lead to the top, cast, lead down and cast up to 2nd place (3s finishing in own places);

17-20 1s turn first corners by the right and pass partner (right shoulder);

21-24 1s turn second corners by the right and pass partner (right shoulder) to finish in 2nd place on own sides;

25-32 2s1s3s 6 hands round and back.

(MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)

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This dance, Reel Of The Royal Scots, was written for the 350th anniversary of the Royal Scots Regiment in 1983.

The Royal Scots (also known as "Pontius Pilate's Bodyguards") was formed in 1633 when King Charles I granted a Royal Warrant to Sir John Hepburn to raise a body of men to serve in France (Hepburn's Regiment).

Until 2006, when the regiment was merged with other Scottish infantry regiments, The Royal Scots was the oldest Infantry Regiment of the Line in the British Army. There is a Royal Scots Museum in Edinburgh Castle.

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