Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Wha'll Be King But Charlie?

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

WHA'LL BE KING BUT CHARLIE? (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Hugh Foss Dances To Song Tunes

1-8 1s set, cross RH, cast, cross to 2nd place own sides (2s step up 5-6)
9-16 1s+2s dance circle 4H round to Left, 1s+2s dance LH across back to places
17-24 1s+2s+3s set, cross RH, set, cross RH back to places
25-32 1s+2s+3s dance ¾ circle 6H round to left (4 bars), drop hands, 2s+3s dance on to 2nd/3rd places own sides while 1s turn Left about, dance anticlockwise round them to 2nd place opposite sides and cross RH to own sides. 213

(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, Wha'll Be King But Charlie?, comes from Wha'll Be King But Charlie? - Song written by Carolina Nairne, a Jacobite song about the gathering of the clans and Bonnie Prince Charlie.

Chorus
Come thro' the heather, around him gather,
Ye're a' the welcomer early;
Around him cling wi' a' your kin;
For wha'll be King but Charlie?
Come thro' the heather, around him gather,
Come Ronald come Donald, come a' thegither,
And crown your rightfu' lawfu' King!
For wha'll be King but Charlie?

Wha'll Be King But Charlie? Song Image
Wha'll Be King But Charlie? Song - From The Wood's Edition Of The Songs Of Scotland


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