Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Wallace

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE WALLACE (S8x32) 3C (4C set) John Drewry Summer Collection 86

1- 8 1s+2s set and rotate:
 Set, rotate singly and dance on 1 place clockwise, change places RH on sides and dance on 1 place to own sides (1s in 2nd place)
9-16 2s+1s+3s set, ½ turn 2H in middle, set and turn right about and dance out to partner's place
17-24 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back
25-32 2s+1s+3s set, petronella turn into middle, set and petronella turn to own sides

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

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

The title of this dance, The Wallace, comes from The Wallace - Poem written by the fifteenth-century Scottish makar of the name Blind Harry (Henry The Minstrel, c. 1440-1492) probably at some time in the decade before 1488.

We reide of ane rycht famous of renowne,
Of worthi blude that ryngis in this regioune,
And hensfurth I will my proces hald,
Of Wilyham Wallas yhe haf hard beyne tald.

The Wallace (also known as The Actes and Deidis of the Illustre and Vallyeant Campioun Schir William Wallace, (English Translation: Acts and Deeds of the Illustrious and Valiant Champion Sir William Wallace), is a long "romantic biographical" poem.

As the title suggests, it commemorates and eulogises the life and actions of the Scottish freedom fighter William Wallace who lived a century and a half earlier.

The poem is historically inaccurate, and mentions several events that never happened. For several hundred years following its publication, The Wallace was the second most popular book in Scotland after the Bible.

The Wallace Poem
A Page From The Ramsay Manuscript Text Of "The Wallace", National Library Of Scotland, c. 1488

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