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The Sutherland Reel

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THE SUTHERLAND REEL (R8x40) 3C (4C set) Thomas Wilson RSCDS Book 29

1- 8 1s+2L circle 3H round to left, 1s+2M circle 3H round also to left 1s ending the middle
9-16 1s lead down for 2 steps, lead up for 2 steps, cast to 2nd place, set advancing and turn to face own sides
17-24 1s dance Double Triangles ending 2nd place own sides
25-32 1s dance ½ reel of 3 across (1L+2s and 1M+3s) giving LSh to 1st corners and ½ reel of 3 with other couple, LSh to 3rd corners (2nd corner person)
33-40 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back

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

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The Sutherland Reel is a Scottish Country Dance first published by Thomas Wilson in 1816. It was interpreted by the RSCDS in Book 29, 1979.

(Dance information copyright, reproduced here with the kind permission of George Williams)

Sutherland is a registration county, lieutenancy area and former county of Scotland. It is now within the Highland council area.

The name Sutherland dates from the era of Norse rule and settlement over much of the Highlands and Islands, under the rule of the jarl of Orkney. Although it contains some of the northernmost land in the island of Great Britain, it was called Suðrland ("southern land") from the standpoint of Orkney and Caithness.

Sutherland Moorland

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