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St Martin's Strathspey

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ST MARTIN'S STRATHSPEY (S4x32) 4C set Roy Goldring 24 G and S Dances

1- 8 1s+2s also 3s+4s dance RH across, all set to partners and 1s+2s also 3s+4s set facing on sides
9-16 All dance reels of 4 on sides
17-24 1L followed by partner cast to bottom and turn RH 1½ times
25-32 All circle 8H round and back

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


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Saint Martin may refer to:

Saint Martin of Tours (c. 316-397), Bishop of Tours, France
Saint Martin of Braga (c. 520-580), archbishop of Bracara Augusta in Gallaecia (now Braga in Portugal)
Pope Martin I (598-655)
Saint Martin of Arades (died 726), canonized monk from Corbie Abbey whose feast day is November 26
Saint Martin of Soure (died 1146), Portuguese cleric canonized after martyrdom to the Moors of Cordoba
Saint Martin de Porres (1579-1639), Peruvian lay brother of the Dominican Order
Saints Martin Tho and Martin Tinh Duc Ta, two Vietnamese Martyrs who died between 1745 and 1862
Saint Martin (island), an island in the northeast Caribbean


Martin of Tours, soldier, monk, and patron Saint also known as Martin the Merciful, was the third bishop of Tours. He has become one of the most familiar and recognizable Christian saints in France, heralded as the patron saint of the Third Republic, and is patron saint of many communities and organizations across Europe.
Saint Martin of Tours, born in the 4th century, remains an enduring figure in Christian history, known for his selfless acts of compassion and dedication to the Christian faith. His story reflects a remarkable journey from a Roman military career to becoming one of the most revered saints.

Legend has it that while a young soldier stationed in France, Martin encountered a beggar in need. Moved by compassion, he cut his military cloak in half and shared it with the poor man. This act of generosity became a defining moment in Martin's life and is often depicted in art portraying him as a compassionate figure.

Martin's spiritual journey led him to embrace monastic life, eventually becoming the Bishop of Tours. His commitment to the Christian faith and his efforts to spread the teachings of Christianity in Gaul (modern-day France) earned him widespread admiration.

As a patron saint, Saint Martin is venerated for his compassion and his role as a protector against poverty and adversity. His feast day on November 11th is celebrated in various Christian traditions, often marked by acts of charity and kindness.

Saint Martin of Tours' enduring legacy is evident not only in religious practices but also in the widespread recognition of his virtues. From soldier to monk, his life serves as an inspiration for those seeking a path of compassion, humility, and unwavering faith.

St Martin
"St Martin Leaves The Life Of Chivalry And Renounces The Army", Simone Martini (1284-1344), Fresco, c. 1322-1326


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