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The White Cockade

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THE WHITE COCKADE (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Preston RSCDS Book 5

1- 8 1s+2s+3s set and cross RH, set and cross back RH
9-16 1s lead down the middle for 4 bars and back to top, remaining in centre facing up
17-24 1s cast (slow) to 2nd place on own sides (4 bars) and circle 4H round to the left with 3s
25-32 2s+1s dance R&L. 213

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

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A clan badge, sometimes called a plant badge, is a badge or emblem, usually a sprig of a specific plant, that is used to identify a member of a particular Scottish clan. They are usually worn in a bonnet behind the Scottish crest badge, or attached at the shoulder of a lady's tartan sash.

According to popular lore clan badges were used by Scottish clans as a means of identification in battle. An authentic example of plants being used in this way (though not by a clan) were the sprigs of oats used by troops under the command of Montrose during the sack of Aberdeen. Similar items are known to have been used by military forces in Scotland, like paper, or the "White Cockade" (a bunch of white ribbon) of the Jacobites.

White Cockade
A Victorian Era, Romantic Depiction Of A Highlander, Clothed In A Belted Plaid, By R. R. McIan
The Highlander depicted is a MacLennan, who is wearing a sprig of furze as his clan badge

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Text from this original Clan Badge article on Wikipedia.
Image copyright Expired Robert Ronald McIan (1803-1856).

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