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The Wemyss Place Hornpipe

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WEMYSS PLACE HORNPIPE (R8x32) 3C (4C set) John Drewry Summer Collection

1- 8 1s ½ turn RH moving down 1 place in centre (2s step up 1-2), 1s set, cross RH and cast, 1M up, 1L down into centre (top/bottom)
9-12 1s cross RH up/down, cast to Right, 1M round 3M, 1L round 2L to 2nd place own side while 2s and 3s set, cross RH to face out. (2)1(3)
13-16 ½ LSh reels of 3 on sides (1s pass 3rd corner LSh to start - 1M up, 1L down). End 2s facing up, 3s down. (3)1(2)
17-20 1s cross RH, cast to Right round 1st corner position into centre facing up/down while 3s set to 2s on side and change places RH, 2s face up, 3s down
21-24 ½ LSh reels of 3 across, 1L+2M and 1M+3L pass LSh to start. 1s end LSh to LSh in centre, 1M facing up, 1L down, 2L and 3M face out
25-32 RH across, 1M+2L+3L (Ladies' side) 1L+2M+3M . LH across, 1M+2s (at top), 1L+3s (at Bottom) 213

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


The Wemyss Place Hornpipe
John Drewry   Summer Collection 11
Hornpipe   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-4   1s cross down to second place and set;

  5-8   1s cross by the right and cast around partner's first corner to finish 1M between 2s facing down, 1L between 3s facing up;

  9-12 1s cross by the right up and down and cast around partner's second corner position to finish in 2nd place on own sides WHILE 2s 3s set to partners and cross by the right, finishing facing out;

13-16 2L1M3L half reel of 3 on the Mn's side WHILE 2M1L3M half reel of 3 on the Ls' side, 1s giving left shoulder to start and finishing in 2nd place, 3s finishing in 1st place facing down, 2s in 3rd place facing up;

17-20 1s cross by the right and cast around first corner position to finish on the centre line, 1L in 1st position facing down, 1M in 3rd position facing up WHILE 2s3s set facing up and down and cross on the sides by the right, finishing on opposite sides, 2s in 1st place facing up, 3s in 3rd place facing down;

21-24 2L1L2M 3L1M3M half reels of 3 across, starting by 1L giving left shoulder to 2M, 1M left shoulder to 3L, finishing 1s left shoulder to left shoulder in the centre in 2nd position, 2s in 1st place, 3s in 3rd place, 2L 3M facing out;

25-28 2M1L3M 2L1M3L right hands across on the sides;

29-32 2s1M 1L3s left hands across, finishing 2s1s3s.

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


Dance Notes

    -28 To facilitate the transition from right hands across on the sides to left hands across (1M up, 1L down), 2L 3L must finish facing up, 2M 3M down.


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Dance Information

John Drewry dedicated this dance to Bill Hamilton, of Wemyss Place (pronounced "weems"), Edinburgh, who was the deviser of, most notably, Ian Powrie's Farewell To Auchterarder.

Dance information by John Drewry.

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