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The Saltire Strathspey

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THE SALTIRE STRATHSPEY (S4x32) 4C set Barbara Anglin RSCDS Book 45

1- 8 1M+2L also 3L+4M turn 2H 1½ times to change places, all Men dance LH across and end facing anticlockwise giving RH to partners
9-16 All set and link with partners and set and link again to end on sides (1s+4s Ladies' side and 2s+3s Men's side with Ladies on line ends)
17-24 All dance RSh reels of 4 on sides
25-32 1L+2M also 3M+4L turn 2H 1½ times to (2)(1)(4)(3), end couples (2s and 3s) cross RH while centre couples dance LH across ½ way and all set. 2413

(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.

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