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The Saltire Medley

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THE SALTIRE MEDLEY (M-(S48+R48)) Sq.Set Derek Haynes Carnforth Collection 4
Square Set with 4 Ladies at corners and 2 Men BtoB in centre, one facing up and other facing down

1- 8 Men turn 1st corners RH, pass RSh, turn 3rd corner LH and pass LSh to face own 2nd corner
9-16 Men turn 2nd corners RH, pass RSh, turn 4th corner LH and dance LSh round each other to face 3rd corners (Hazel Tree Corners)
17-24 Men change places RH with 3rd corners, 3rd corners turn LH in centre and return to places giving RH to Men who turn LH in centre to face 4th corners
25-32 Men repeat with 4th corners and end facing 1st corners (Corner Chain)
33-40 Men ½ diagonal Reel of 4 with 1st corners, pass LSh and dance ½ diagonal reel of 4 with 2nd corners
41-48 Men ½ diagonal Reel with 3rd corners then with 4th corners and end facing 1st corners (Mairi's Wedding reels)

1-32 As Bars 1-32 above
33-48 Ladies dance double diagonal reels of 4 twice (giving LH in centre) as Men dance ½ reels with 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th corners and passing LSh in centre

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

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A saltire, Saint Andrew's Cross is a heraldic symbol in the form of a diagonal cross or letter ex (X). Saint Andrew is said to have been martyred on just such a cross. The word Saltire is based on the Latin "saltare" meaning to dance.

The Flag of Scotland, also known as the Saint Andrew's Cross or more commonly The Saltire (because it has the form of a saltire), is the national flag of Scotland. As the national flag, the Saltire differs from the Royal Standard of Scotland in that it is the Saltire which is the correct flag for all individuals and corporate bodies to fly in order to demonstrate both their loyalty and Scottish nationality. It is also, where possible, flown from Scottish Government buildings every day from 8am until sunset, with certain exceptions.

The Saltire National Flag Of Scotland
The Saltire - National Flag Of Scotland

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