Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Tartan Shawl

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

TARTAN SHAWL (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Martin Sheffield Valleys of Dauphine

1- 8 1s ½ turn RH, slip step down 2 bars (2s step up), slip step up 2 bars and dance down nearer hands joined 2 bars to end BtoB facing 2nd place opposite sides
9-12 1s+corners set as Double Triangles, 1s face each other joining 2H with 2nd corners behind in "butterfly hold" and set while 1st corners change places RH
13-16 1M facing up, 1L down, set as Double Triangles, 1s face each other joining 2H with 1st corners behind in "butterfly hold" and set while 2nd corners change places RH
17-24 1s face own sides and set as Double Triangles, 1s dance ½ reel of 4 with 1st corners (3rd corner pstn). 1M facing down, 1L facing up, set as Double Triangles
25-32 1s dance ½ reel of 4 with 2nd corners (4th corner pstn), 1s turn LH to 2nd place own side

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


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


Tartan Shawl Woodcut
Detail From "Women At The Quern And Luaghad With A View Of Talyskir" Moses Griffith (1747-1819)
From Thomas Pennant's "A Tour in Scotland" Woodcut, c. 1772

The quern rests on the skirts of the woman on the right, possibly to catch grain.
Each is wearing a tonnag (a tartan shawl) over her shoulders.



Image copyright Moses Griffith [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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