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The Ruby Wedding Strathspey

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THE RUBY WEDDING STRATHSPEY (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Brian Charlton Waratah Collection

1- 8 1s cross down to dance mirror reels of 3 on opposite sides (3s in/up, 2s in/down). 2s end in 1st place, 1s in prom hold face 2M
9-12 1s (in prom hold) dance ½ diagonal RSh reel of 3 with 2M+3L. 1s end facing 2L
13-16 1s (in prom hold) dance ½ diagonal LSh reel of 3 with 2L+3M. 1s end in 2nd place nearer hands joined facing down
17-24 1s dance down, cast up round 3s to 2nd place opposite sides. 3s+1s+2s turn 2H 1½ finishing in centre, facing up, ready for...
25-32 3s+1s+2s dance Allemande

Note: At end of 2nd time, 1s end in 3rd place, 4s start reel from 4th place (dancing in/up) as original 1s step down

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


The Ruby Wedding Strathspey A 32 bar Strathspey for 3 couples in a longwise set.

1 - 8 First couple cross down to dance reels of three with second and third couples on the opposite side. First couple finish in promenade hold facing second man while second couple finish in first place
9 - 12 First couple in promenade hold dance a half diagonal reel of three with second man and third lady, giving right shoulder to start. First couple finish facing second lady.
13 - 16 First couple, still in promenade hold, dance a half diagonal reel of three with second lady and third man, giving left shoulder to start. First couple finish facing down the set in second place with nearer hands joined.
17 - 20 First couple dance down between the third couple and cast to second place on the opposite side.
21 - 24 Third, first and second couples turn partners with two hands one and a half times to finish in the centre facing up ready for an allemande.
25 - 32 Third, first and second couples dance an allemande.

Repeat having passed a couple.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Brian Charlton, 1995)

Dance Notes

At the end of the second time through, first couple finish in third place.
For the next repeat, fourth couple start the reels from fourth place, dancing in, as the original first couple step down.

(Dance notes by the deviser, Brian Charlton)


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


Dance Information

Devised for the Helensburgh Scottish Country Dance Club celebration of the Ruby Wedding of Jack and Betty Daniel on 28 July 1995.

Recommended Music: A suitable recording is Lady Lucy Ramsay, A Dancer's Miscellany Vol. IV.

(Dance information by the deviser, Brian Charlton)


The term "Ruby Wedding" refers to the 40th anniversary of a marriage.

It is a significant milestone denoting the enduring nature of a couple's commitment over four decades. Traditionally associated with the ruby gemstone, this anniversary is marked by the exchange of gifts that often incorporate the ruby or red-themed items, symbolizing the lasting passion and strength of the marital bond. Celebrations typically involve gatherings with family and friends, where the couple receives congratulations and acknowledges the shared experiences and longevity of their union. The Ruby Wedding is a cultural and symbolic marker that recognises the achievement of sustaining a marriage for 40 years.


A ruby is a pink to blood-red colored gemstone, a variety of the mineral corundum (aluminium oxide). The red color is caused mainly by the presence of the element chromium. Its name comes from ruber, Latin for red.

It is traditional on wedding anniversaries to give your partner (or couples) a gift that symbolises the particular anniversary. These gifts are made of different materials for each wedding anniversary.

The wedding anniversary associated with the material 'ruby' is the 40th.

Ruby Red
Ruby Red

Here is a list of the materials associated with traditional anniversary gifts in the UK for the various years.

1st    Cotton11th   Scent30th   Pearl
2nd   Paper12th   Silk and Fine Linen35th   Coral
3rd    Leather13th   Barometer40th   Ruby
4th    Fruit and Flower14th   Clock45th   Sapphire
5th    Wooden15th   Crystal50th   Gold
6th    Sugar16th   Holloware55th   Emerald
7th    Woollen18th   Coloured Gems60th   Diamond
8th    Salt, Pottery19th   Furniture65th   Blue Sapphire
9th    Copper20th   China70th   Platinum
10th  Tin, coal25th   Silver75th   Diamond
80th   Oak


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