Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Wedding Walk

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Wedding Walk
John Fletcher
Reel 4 x 32 bars 4 Couple Repeat 4 Couple Set Longwise Set

  1-4   1s2s right hands across, 1L finishing facing out;

  5-8   1L followed by 1M cast to finish on opposite sides below 4s;

  9-12 4s1s right hands across, 1L finishing facing out;

13-16 1L followed by 1M cast up on Mn's side to original places;

17-20 1s turn by the right, finishing facing down, retaining hold;

21-24 1s lead down to 4th place, acknowledging 2s 3s 4s on the way;

25-32 2s3s4s1s 8 hands round to the left and back.

(MAXICRIB. Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)

Dance Notes

  5-8   2s3s4s do not step up.

21-22 2s3s4s take hands on the sides and step up one place.

Dance Information

John Fletcher devised this dance for use at the ceilidh on the occasion of his daughter's wedding.

Since the bridegroom was not a Scottish Country Dancer, as first man he could walk, following his bride in the first 16 bars and guided by her thereafter.

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Image copyright 2006 Roger McLassus derivative work: Saibo / CC BY-SA (, via Wikimedia Commons.
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