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Tayport Beauty

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TAYPORT BEAUTY (J8x32) 2C (4C set) RSCDS Book 27

1- 8 1M+2L lead down the middle and back ending in 2nd places opposite sides
9-16 1s+2s advance and retire, turn other partner RH to end with 1s in original places and 2s in 2nd place opposite sides
17-24 1s+2s advance and retire, turn own partners RH (2s turn 1½ times) and end in middle for Poussette
25-32 1s+2s dance Poussette. 2 1

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

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Tayport, also known as Ferry-Port on Craig, is a town and burgh, and parish, in the county of Fife, Scotland, acting as a commuter town for Dundee. The motto of the Burgh is Te oportet alte ferri ("It is incumbent on you to carry yourself high"), a pun on Tayport at auld Tay Ferry.

Tayport lies close to the north east tip of Fife. To the north it looks across the River Tay to Broughty Ferry and Broughty Castle. To the east is the vast Tentsmuir Nature Reserve, an area of forested dunes measuring some 3 km from east to west and 6 km from north to south and edged by wide sands that continue all the way round to the mouth of the River Eden.

The settlement was originally called Port na Creige (the Harbour of the Rock) in Scottish Gaelic. As the use of Gaelic declined in Fife, this became Port-on-Craig in Scots, and then Ferry-Port-on-Craig. Others believe that the name derives from Partan Craig which means Crab Rock.

In the 1850s, the Edinburgh, Perth and Dundee Railway Company established a railway service running from Edinburgh to Aberdeen that passed through Ferry-Port-on-Craig. They used the simpler name of "Tayport" for the town. This less cumbersome name soon caught on and over time, Tayport replaced Ferry-Port-on-Craig as the more common name.

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Tayport Harbour
Tayport Harbour

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