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Thomas Glover's Reel

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THOMAS GLOVER'S REEL (R8x32) 3C (4C set) John Drewry Cherry Blossom Book

1- 8 1s set, dance down, cast down behind 3s and lead up (RH joined) to face 2L (Mans 2nd corner) in prom hold
9-16 1s dance diagonal reel of 3 with 2nd corners
17-24 1s dance LH across with 2M (1L leading), RH across with 3L and 1s dance out 2nd place opposite sides into...
25-32 1s dance LSh reels of 3 on opposite sides (1M up and 1L down) and cross diagonally to 2nd place own sides

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


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Thomas Blake Glover (1838 – 1911) was born at 15 Commerce Street, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire in north east Scotland on 6 June 1838, the fifth of eight children to Thomas Berry Glover and Mary Findlay. His father was a coastguard officer. Six years later, the family moved to Bridge of Don, near Aberdeen, his father having been promoted to Chief Coastguard Officer, and he was educated at Fordyce Academy.

Upon leaving school, Glover took a job as a merchant with the trading company Jardine Matheson in Bakumatsu and Meiji period in Japan.

In 1865 he was responsible for bringing a small-scale steam locomotive and cars to Japan, which he demonstrated on a short track in the Ōura district of Nagasaki, causing a sensation and alerting Japan to the benefits of railway transportation.

As Glover had assisted in toppling the Tokugawa Shogunate during the Boshin War, he had cordial relations with the new Meiji government. These links led to his being responsible for commissioning one of the first warships in the Imperial Japanese Navy, which was built by Alexander Hall and Company in Aberdeen and launched on 27 March 1869. Glover also commissioned the smaller Hosho Maru for the navy and the Kagoshima for the Satsuma clan from the same Aberdeen shipyard.

Glover was a key figure in the industrialisation of Japan, helping to found the ship-building company which was later to become the Mitsubishi Corporation of Japan.

His association with the rebellious samurai clans of Satsuma and Chōshū, and his interest in samurai generally seems to have contributed to his being referred to as the "Scottish Samurai" in Scotland.

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Statue Of Thomas Blake Glover In The Glover Garden In Nagasaki, Japan


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