Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Wasps Of Mulben

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE WASPS OF MULBEN (S4x32) 4C set John Drewry Summer Collection 88
3s and 4s start on opposite sides

1- 8 2s and 3s dance out ends and cast in to meet other partner in prom hold, 2s+3s dance ½ RSh reels of 3 on sides (dancing to right) and end in prom hold with own partner in 2nd/3rd place (2s face up 3s down) (4)2(3)1
9-16 2s dance LSh reel of 3 across with 4s while 3s dance LSh reel across with 1s ending in prom hold with other partner and curving round to right (3M+2L face up, 3L+2M face down)
17-24 2s+3s (dancing out ends) dance ½ LSh reels of 3 on sides ending on sides order 13(2)(4) in Sq.Set formation, all set and 1s+3s also 4s+2s ½ turn 2H on sides to end on corners of square
25-32 All set diagonally and circle 8H round to left. 31(4)(2)

(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 Wasps Of Mulben, is clearly a word-play on the better known dance, The Bees Of Maggieknockater.

Mulben (pronounced "mull benn" with the second syllable stressed), is a hamlet just 4.3 miles (7km) up the A95 road past Maggieknockater in Scotland in the Moray council area, in the former county of Banffshire.

The House of Mulben
The House Of Mulben
This Laird's House Dates From 1696, According To The Left-Hand Pane High On The Gable, And The Right-Hand Panel Bears The Initial Of Its Builder, Ludovick Grant, 1st Baronet, And His Wife Janet Brodie

Image copyright Anne Burgess under this Creative Commons Licence 2.0.

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