Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Silver Targe

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE SILVER TARGE (S80) Sq.Set D Buchanan Silver Collection

1- 8 All set to partners and ¾ turn RH, Ladies dance LH across and end in partner's place while Men dance clockwise ½ way to opposite Lady's place
9-16 All set to opposite partner and ¾ turn RH, Men dance LH across and end BtoB in centre facing own partner who has danced clockwise ½ way
17-24 Men dance 'Hello-Goodbye' setting to end facing opposite partner
25-32 All dance double reels of 4 giving LH in centre
33-40 All set Highland Schottische to opposite partner and 2H 1½ times
41-48 Ladies dance 'Hello-Goodbye' setting to end facing own partner
49-56 All set Highland Schottische to own partner and 2H 1¼ times to original places
57-64 1s and 3s in prom hold dance RSh round couple to right, LSh round each other in centre back to places
65-72 2s and 4s repeat above figure
73-80 All circle 8H round and back

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

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

Targe (from Old Franconian targa "shield") was a general word for shield in late Old English. Its diminutive, target, came to mean an object to be aimed at in the 18th century.

From the early 17th century, until the Battle of Culloden in 1746, the Scottish Highlander's main means of defence in battle was his targe.

Silver and Gold Targe Image
Shield Of Henry II Of France
Steel Targe Embossed And Damascened With Gold And Silver

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