Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

St Magnus Quadrille

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

ST MAGNUS QUADRILLE (R or J 96) Sq.Set Jessie Stuart

1- 8 1s+3s turn partners RH (4 bars), 1s+3s chase clockwise (Men leading) to opposite sides while 2s+4s Adv&Ret
9-16 2s+4s turn partners RH (4 bars), 2s+4s chase clockwise (Men leading) to opposite sides while 1s+3s Adv&Ret
17-24 1s+3s Adv&Ret, 1s+3s dance ½ R&L
25-32 2s+4s repeat 17-24. All face corner persons
33-64 All set to corners and dance La Baratte
   Men ½ turn corner RH and retain hand but at arm's length from each other, Men retrace steps with corner turning right under his arm briefly into Allemande hold (Men behind corner facing Men's original place) and releasing corner's RH she turns under Man's left arm and all change places LH and pass next person RSh to face next corner.
   Repeat with each corner in turn (Men moving clockwise, Ladies anticlockwise round set). Finish in partner's original place, facing partner
65-72 All ½ turn partners RH, join hands in circle (Men facing in/Ladies out) and set. All turn partners RH to original places (Ladies face out)
73-88 All dance Schiehallion Reels back to original places
89-96 All promenade anticlockwise once round

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

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Instruction Videos

St Magnus Quadrille - Scottish Country Dancing Instruction Video

Dance Information

Saint Magnus Erlendsson, Earl of Orkney, sometimes known as Magnus the Martyr, was Earl of Orkney from 1106 to about 1115.

Magnus's grandparents, Earl Thorfinn and his wife Ingibiorg Finnsdottir, had two sons, Erlend and Paul, who were twins. Through Ingibiorg's father Finn Arnesson and his wife, the family was related to the Norwegian Kings Olav II and Harald II.

His story is told in three Icelandic sagas: Orkneyinga saga (chapters 34-57); Magnús saga skemmri; and Magnús saga lengri.

Saint Magnus Cathedral
St Magnus Cathedral

Dance information licensed under this Creative Commons Licence 3.0.
Text from this original Magnus Erlendsson, Earl of Orkney article on Wikipedia.
Image copyright Ian Balcombe [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.
Additional search terms: Saint Magnus.

Back to the top of this Scottish Country Dancing Instructions 'St Magnus Quadrille' page