Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

St Margaret's Loch

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

ST MARGARET'S LOCH (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Margaret Darnell Imperial 4

1- 8 1M+2M set and cross while partners cross diagonally down and cast up into partner's place, 1L+2L set and cross while partners cross diagonally down and cast up into partner's place
9-16 1s ½ Fig of 8 on sides (RSh to 2s to start) and end in centre facing up, 1L dances RH across with 2L+3L while 1M dances LH across with 2M+3M
17-24 1s dance reels of 3 on sides (1s in and up to start) and 1s end facing 1st corner
25-32 1s turn 1st corner RH, partner LH, 2nd corner RH and partner LH to places

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


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


Dance Information

St Margaret's Loch is a man made loch to the side of the Queen's Drive in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh scotland.

The ruined St Anthony's Chapel stands above St Margaret's Loch.


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

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.

St Margaret Of Scotland - Information Video

St Margaret's Loch
Looking South Over St Margaret's Loch, Towards St Anthony's Chapel


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