Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Three Wild Lads

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Three Wild Lads (J8x32) 3C (4C set) set Lewis N Derrick 1988

1–2 With hands joined on sidelines, the 1st and 2nd couples set
3–6 The 1st and 2nd couples dance right hands across once round
7–8 The 1st couple cast off one while the 2nd couple dance up to first place
9–10 With hands joined on sidelines, the 1st and 3rd couples set
11–14 The 1st and 3rd couples dance right hands across once round
15–16 The 1st couple cast off one while the 3rd couple dance up to second place
17–24 The 1st couple set and giving nearer hands dance up between the 3rd couple, divide and cast up behind the 2nd couple, meet at the top and giving nearer hands dance down between the 2nd couple to end back to back in second place facing own sides; the 3rd couple step down on bars 23–24
25–32 The 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples dance double triangles, ending 213 on own sidelines

Repeat having passed a couple

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Lewis N Derrick 2020)


Dance Information

This dance name is a quotation from the novel, Guy Mannering, by Sir Walter Scott.

Volume 2, Chapter 13

Gin by pailfuls, wine in rivers,
Dash the window-glass to shivers!
For three wild lads were we, brave boys,
And three wild lads were we;
Thou on the land, and I on the sand,
And Jack on the gallows-tree!

Suggested tune: The Squirrel.

Devised 1988, first published electronically 2020.

Copyright 1988, 2020 Lewis N. Derrick.



Dance information from The McGhie Scottish Country Dance Sheets #27, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Lewis N Derrick.
Dance information licensed under this Creative Commons Licence 3.0.
Text from this original Guy_Mannering/Volume_2/Chapter_13 article on Wikisource.

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