Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Wild Mountain Thyme

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE WILD MOUNTAIN THYME (S3x32) 3C Triangular set Pat Paterson 2005 Southsea 50

1- 8 All facing partners set and turn RH. Men dance LH across in centre
9-16 All facing partners set and turn LH. Ladies dance RH across in centre
17-20 All pass partner RSh, pass next person LSh, turn next person 2H once round
21-24 Repeat bars 17-20. This gives the progression as each Lady is now dancing with a new Man. (1L with 2M, 2L with 3M, 3L with 1M)
25-32 All set in circle, circle 6H round for 2 bars, dance into centre on next bar, pull RSh back and spiral out, dance round following each other into place (Men return to original places, Ladies have progressed)

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

Dance Information

The title of this dance, The Wild Mountain Thyme, comes from Wild Mountain Thyme - Song collected by Francis McPeake 1st, who wrote the song for his wife.

The summer time is coming
And the trees are sweetly blooming,
And the wild mountain thyme
All around the blooming heather
Will you go, lassie, go?

Wild Mountain Thyme Song - Information Video

Wild Mountain Thyme Image
Wild Mountain Thyme, Scotland

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