Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Twist Ye, Twine Ye!

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Twist Ye, Twine Ye! (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Lewis N Derrick 2023

1-2 The 1st couple turn once round by the right hand to end in promenade hold facing down the dance, the man with his partner on his left
3-4 The 1st couple dance down the middle of the set two places; the 2nd couple step up
5-6 Dropping right hands, the 1st couple turn once round by the left hand to end facing out on their own sides below the 3rd couple
7-8 The 1st couple cast up one place to end in second place on own sides
9-12 The 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples turn partners one and a half times round by the right hand, retaining hands to end in two lines in the centre of the set, with the men on the women's side facing down and the women on the men's side facing up
13-16 The 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples set, then cast by the left to the opposite sidelines; dancing slightly down (men) or up (women) on the first step
17-20 Continuing the loop of the cast, the 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples turn partners one and a half times round by the left hand, retaining hands to end in two lines in the centre of the set, on own sides, with the men facing down and the women facing up
21-24 The 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples set, then cast by the right to own sidelines; dancing slightly down (men) or up (women) on the first step
25-32 Continuing the loop of the cast, and dancing straight on, the 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples dance a promenade, ending on own sidelines in order 213

Repeat having passed a couple

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Lewis N Derrick 2023)


Dance Information

The title of this dance, Twist Ye, Twine Ye!, is a reference to the poem beginning with Twist Ye, Twine Ye! found in Guy Mannering or The Astrologer (1815) by Walter Scott (1771-1832), Chapter 4.

Twist ye, twine ye! even so
Mingle shades of joy and woe,
Hope, and fear, and peace, and strife,
In the thread of human life.

Suggested tune: Tarbolton Lodge.

Devised 1887, first published electronically 2023.

Copyright 1887, 2023, Lewis N. Derrick.

(Dance information from The McGhie Scottish Country Dance Sheets #54, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Lewis N Derrick)

Twist Ye, Twine Ye! Poem - Information Video

Twist Ye, Twine Ye! from Guy Mannering
Twist Ye, Twine Ye! Page 40 From Guy Mannering, By Walter Scott, Volume 1, Chapter 4, Published 1815


Published in The McGhie Scottish Country Dance Sheets, Collection 6, 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 article on Wikipedia.
Image copyright G. Routledge, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

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