Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Will Ye No' Come Back Again

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

WILL YE NO' COME BACK AGAIN (S8x32) 3C (4C set) John Drewry Rondel Book

1- 8 1s+2s+3s set and dance reels of 3 on sides (1s and 3s cast to start and 1s end facing out)
9-16 1s cast, dance ½ Fig of 8 round top place while 2s cross up, cast and cross up to top place, 1s turn RH to end facing out in 2nd place opposite side
17-24 1s cast round 1st corner (pstn), turn RH and dance RSh round their 4th corner (pstn) to 2nd place own side while 2s and 3s cross RH (joining hands on side), set twice and cross RH
25-32 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back

(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, Will Ye No' Come Back Again (Bonnie Charlie), comes from Bonnie Charlie - Poem written by Perthshire-born Lady Nairne (1766-1845).

Bonnie Charlie's noo awa
Safely o'er the friendly main;
He'rts will a'most break in twa
Should he no' come back again.

Will ye no' come back again?
Will ye no' come back again?
Better lo'ed ye canna be
Will ye no' come back again?

The song, especially its melody, is widely and traditionally used as a song of farewell.

Bonnie Charlie Song - Information Video

Bonnie Charlie Painting Image
"Portrait Of Charles Edward Stuart (1720-1788)" Louis Gabriel Blanchet (1705-1772), Oil On Canvas, c. 1738

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Text from this original Bonnie Charlie article on Wikipedia.
Image Copyright Louis Gabriel Blanchet (1705-1772) (National Portrait Gallery: NPG 5517) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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