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The Scottish Werewolf

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THE SCOTTISH WEREWOLF (J3x32) 3 Couple Set, Denise Sander, Happy to Meet.

1-8 1s cast and dance down behind own lines for four steps, turn outwards and dance back to original places
9-16 1s and 2s dance RH across and LH back
17-24 1s lead down the middle and back up to the top again
25-28 1s cast on own sides and dance down to the bottom of the set. 2s and 3s step up on bars 27-28
29-32 1s turn right hands once round
Repeat, with a new top couple.

(Misc. Crib)

Dance Notes

Can also be dance as a 4 couple set.

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

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The Wulver (The Scottish Werewolf) is a kind of werewolf that is part of the folklore of the Shetland islands off the coast of Scotland.

The Wulver kept to itself and was not aggressive if left in peace. Some say, unlike most werewolves the Wulver is not a shapeshifter and is not, nor was it ever, a human being. It appears to be a sort of immortal spirit.

Jessie Saxby, in Shetland Traditional Lore writes: "The Wulver was a creature like a man with a wolf's head. He had short brown hair all over him. His home was a cave dug out of the side of a steep knowe, half-way up a hill. He didn't molest folk if folk didn't molest him. He was fond of fishing, and had a small rock in the deep water which is known to this day as the "Wulver's Stane". There he would sit fishing sillaks and piltaks for hour after hour. He was reported to have frequently left a few fish on the window-sill of some poor body".

Susan Schoon Eberly, an authority on congenital disorders, after researching folklore traditions gathered primarily from Gaelic areas of Scotland, has speculated the tale of the Wulver may have a basis in a human being with a medical condition; she suggests it may be Hunter Syndrome.

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Scottish Werewolf

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