Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Scots Brigade

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE SCOTS BRIGADE (32 bar reel for 3 couples) Mary-Jane Gould, The Delft Book Of Scottish Country Dances

1-4 1st couple set and cast off two places (2nd couple move up on bars 3-4).
5-6 1st couple, joining right hands, change sides (1st lady dances below her partner and under his right arm).
7-8 1st couple, retaining right hands, lead up to 2nd place on opposite sides of the dance (1st man remains facing out).
9-16 2nd and 1st couple dance a ladies' chain; 1st couple finish facing down.
17-24 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples dance a grand chain (2nd couple across over right hand at the top and 1st and 3rd couples change places giving right hand to begin the chain), 1st couple finish dancing in, to face their 1st corners.
25-32 1st couple set to 1st corners, set to each other across the dance, set to 2nd corners and dance a petronella turn into 2nd place on own sides.

Repeat, having passed a couple.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Mary-Jane Gould, 1989)

Dance Information

Dance devised to commemorate 20 years of Scottish Country Dancing in Delft 1969 to 1989,

Music composed by Alastair Hunter.

The Scots Brigade served in Holland from 1572 - 1782.
For many of those years part of the Brigade was stationed in Delft.

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