Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Saw Ye My Wee Thing

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

SAW YE MY WEE THING (J8x32) 2C (4C set) RSCDS Book 25

1- 8 1s set, cross RH, cast round 2s, lead up and cross to places
9-16 2s set, cross RH, cast up round 1s, lead down and cross to places
17-24 1s followed by 2s lead down the middle and 2s followed by 1s lead back to top
25-32 2s+1s dance R&L

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


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


Dance Information

The title of this dance, Saw Ye My Wee Thing, comes from Saw Ye My Wee Thing? - Song written by Hector MacNeil in May 1791 and sung to the well-known tune, Bonnie Dundee.

'OH, saw ye my wee thing? saw ye my ain thing?
Saw ye my true love down by yon lea?
Crossed she the meadow yestreen at the gloaming?
Sought she the burnie whare flowers the haw-tree?
Her hair it is lintwhite, her skin it is milkwhite,
Dark is the blue o' her saft rolling e'e;
Red red her ripe lips, and sweeter than roses!
Whare could my wee thing ha'e wandered frae me?'

The Wee Thing referred to in the song is Mary from Castlecary, a small, historic, village in North Lanarkshire, Scotland.

Saw Ye My Wee Thing? Song - Information Video

Saw Ye My Wee Thing? Music Image
Saw Ye My Wee Thing?, From Glen Collection Of Printed Music, The Songs Of Scotland, Printed Music c. 1848


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