Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

St Margaret's Jig

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ST MARGARET'S JIG (J4x32) 4C set John Drewry Bankhead Book 6

1- 8 1s lead down, cross below 4s, cast up behind 4s, dance up between 3s and cast up behind 2s to end at top in prom hold
9-16 1s dance ½ reel of 3 across with 2s (RSh to 2M) and ½ reel of 3 across with 3s (LSh to 3L)
17-24 1s dance ½ reel of 3 across with 4s (RSh to 4M), 2s+3s also 4s+1s dance ½ double Fig of 8 (3s and 1s cast up to start)
25-32 All circle 8H round and back

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


Dance Information

Saint Margaret of Scotland (c. 1045 - 1093), also known as Margaret of Wessex, was an English princess and a Scottish queen.

Born in exile in the Kingdom of Hungary, she was the sister of Edgar Ætheling, the short reigned and uncrowned Anglo-Saxon King of England. Margaret and her family returned to the Kingdom of England in 1057, but fled to the Kingdom of Scotland following the Norman conquest of England in 1066. By the end of 1070, Margaret had married King Malcolm III of Scotland, becoming Queen of Scots.

She was a very pious Roman Catholic, and among many charitable works she established a ferry across the Firth of Forth in Scotland for pilgrims travelling to St Andrews in Fife, which gave the towns of South Queensferry and North Queensferry their names.

Margaret was the mother of three kings of Scotland, or four, if Edmund of Scotland is counted, and of a queen consort of England. According to the Vita S. Margaritae Reginae, attributed to Turgot of Durham, she died at Edinburgh Castle in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1093, merely days after receiving the news of her husband's death in battle.

In 1250, Pope Innocent IV canonized her, and her remains were reinterred in a shrine in Dunfermline Abbey in Fife, Scotland.

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St Margaret Of Scotland
St Margaret Queen Of Scotland
Stained Glass Window, St Margaret's Chapel, Edinburgh Castle


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