Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Scottish Covenant

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE SCOTTISH COVENANT (S4x48) 4C set Hector Sutherland Two National Dances of Scotland

1- 8 1s lead down below 4s, turn outwards and cast up to places
9-16 1s set Highland Schottische and turn partners 2H
17-24 1s+2s dance R&L
25-32 1s dance Fig of 8 round 2s
33-40 1s set, cross RH, set and cross back RH
41-48 1s ½ turn 2s with 2H to change places (Men's side anticlockwise, Ladies' side clockwise). Repeat, 1s crossing to turn 3s, then crossing to turn 4s

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

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

The term "Scottish Covenant" is often associated with two distinct historical contexts, both involving significant moments in Scotland's political and constitutional history.

Scottish Covenant of 1638 (National Covenant):
The National Covenant of 1638 was a pivotal document in Scottish history during the period leading up to the Bishops' Wars and the English Civil War. It emerged in response to King Charles I's attempts to impose religious reforms in Scotland that were perceived as encroachments on the Presbyterian Church.
The Covenant was a protest against the king's interference in the Scottish Kirk (Church). It denounced religious innovations and sought to uphold the Presbyterian structure of the Church of Scotland. The signatories pledged to defend their faith and resist any attempts to alter their religious practices.
The Covenant played a significant role in the events leading up to the Bishops' Wars (1639-1640) and the broader conflicts between the Scottish Covenanters and the English monarchy.

Scottish Covenant of 1940 (National Covenant):
During the early 20th century, there was a renewed movement for Scottish home rule and autonomy within the United Kingdom. The Scottish Covenant of 1940 was a petition, signed by over two million people, advocating for the establishment of a devolved Scottish parliament.
The Covenant aimed to secure greater self-governance for Scotland within the UK and reflected a desire for a distinct Scottish political identity. Despite the significant public support, the UK government did not immediately implement devolution.
The Scottish Covenant of 1940 is seen as a precursor to later developments in Scottish devolution, including the establishment of the Scottish Parliament in 1999.

Both instances of the Scottish Covenant represent moments when the people of Scotland expressed their desire for political and religious autonomy, reflecting their distinct identity and aspirations.

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