Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Wig-Maker's Son

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Wig-Maker's Son (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Lewis N Derrick 1988

1–4 The 1st couple dance a petronella turn to face one another up and down the set and set; the 2nd couple step up on bars 3–4
5–8 The 1st couple dance a petronella turn to end in second place on opposite sides, then 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples join hands on the sides and all set
9–12 Retaining hands to form arches, the 2nd woman, 1st man and 3rd woman advance and retire while, giving right shoulders to their own partners and passing under the arches, the 2nd man, 1st woman and 3rd man dance round them, all ending back on sidelines
13–16 The 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples turn partners once round by the right hand, the 1st couple end facing their first corners
17–24 The 1st couple set to their first corners, set to one another across the dance, set to their second corners, set to one another up and down the dance and with a petronella turn return to own sides in second place
25–32 The 2nd and 1st couples dance rights and lefts

Repeat having passed a couple

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Lewis N Derrick 2020)


Dance Information

This dance, The Wig-Maker's Son, was devised by Lewis Derrick to commemorate Andrew Bell (1753–1831), devisor of the Madras or Monitorial System of education and benefactor of Madras College, St Andrews.

Suggested tune: O Tell Name o' Wind and Rain.

Devised 1988, first published electronically 2020.

Copyright 1988, 2020 Lewis N. Derrick.



Dance information from The McGhie Scottish Country Dance Sheets #23, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Lewis N Derrick.

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