Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The River Cree

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE RIVER CREE (J8x32) 2C (4C set) RSCDS Book 8

1- 8 1M+2L change places RH, 1L+2M change places RH
9-16 1s+2s advance for 2 steps and retire, dance ½ R&L
17-24 1s lead down the middle and back to top
25-32 1s+2s dance Poussette. 2 1

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


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


Dance Information

The River Cree is a river in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland which forms part of the boundary between the counties of Wigtownshire and Kirkcudbrightshire.

If you are on the A75, on your way to Stranraer, intent on catching the ferry to Ireland, you'll likely cross over the Cree at a small town called Newton Stewart. The river rises in Loch Moan in the Galloway National Forest, and lazily dipsy-doodles its way down to the sea, with its estuary emptying into the Solway Firth at Wigtown.

The river Cree is well known for its fishing, especially rarer species such as Sparling, a form of European Smelt and was immortalized by Robbie Burns in one of his poems, The Flowery Banks Of Cree - Poem.

And art thou come! and art thou true!
O welcome dear to love and me!
And let us all our vows renew,
Along the flowery banks of Cree.

The Flowery Banks Of Cree Song - Information Video

The Barry Pipes Canon 066- March, 2014.

River Cree
River Cree Near The Bridge To Dalnaw


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