Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

St Margaret's Inch

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

ST MARGARET'S INCH (S5x32) 5C set Ian Barbour

1- 8 2s and 4s RH across with 1s, 3s and 5s (Ladies up and Men down), pass RSh for LH across with other couples and end facing 1st corners
9-16 2s and 4s turn 1st corner RH, partner LH, 2nd corner RH, partner LH and end facing 1st corners
17-24 2L+1s also 4M+5s dance LSh reels of 3 across while 2L+3s+4L dance RSh reel of 4 across all ending in original places
25-32 1s+2s also 3s+4s, Set&Link on the sides, 1s+4s also 3s+5s, Set&Link on the sides. 24153

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


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Dance Information

On the northern side of the loch of Forfar there is a natural gravel projection which is named Queen Margaret's Inch or Saint Margaret's Inch.

As well as the obvious unit of measurement, the word Inch can also be used as the noun for a small island, derived from the Gaelic innis, meaning island.

The projection was named after Queen Margaret, the 11th century Queen of Scots. Several historical structures have been located on the Inch including a crannog and a chapel.

Loch of Forfar is a freshwater loch lying on the western side of the town of Forfar, Scotland. The loch trends in an east to west direction and is approximately 1 mi (1.6 km) in length. The loch and area around it form Forfar Loch Country Park.

A crannog (a partially or entirely artificial island) named St Margaret's Inch once stood on the loch. It was exposed when the loch was drained in 1781. Several items were then retrieved including silver earrings, bone chess pieces and bronze objects. It is thought that around 1243 a cell of monks from Coupar Angus Abbey inhabited the Inch and that The Chapel of the Holy Trinity and several houses were built.

In earlier days St Margaret's Inch would have been an island, but the level of the loch is lower now. It is now the base of Forfar Sailing Club.

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St Margaret's Inch
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