Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Wooden Legged Whistler

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Wooden Legged Whistler (H4x32) 4C set Lewis N Derrick 1986

1-2 Giving right hands, the 1st and 3rd couples cross over and retain hold
3-4 The 1st and 2nd couples, likewise the 3rd and 4th couples, dance right hands across halfway
5-8 Passing right shoulders with persons facing to begin, all dance half reels of four on the sidelines, to end 3412, with the 4th and 2nd couples on opposite sides
9-10 All join hands on sidelines and set
11-12 The 1st and 2nd couples dance right hands across halfway
13-14 The 4th and 2nd couples dance left hands across halfway
15-16 The 3rd and 2nd couples dance right hands across halfway, to end 2341, with the 3rd and 1st couples on opposite sides
17-18 The 3rd man and 4th woman, likewise the 3rd woman and 4th man, set to one another on the sidelines
19-20 While the 3rd man and 4th woman turn once round by the left hand, the 3rd woman and 4th man turn once round by the right hand
21-22 The 2nd and 3rd couples, likewise the 4th and 1st couples, set to person facing on the sidelines
23-24 While the 2nd woman and 3rd man, likewise the 4th woman and 1st man, turn once round by the right hand, the 2nd man and 3rd woman, likewise the 4th man and 1st woman, turn once round by the left hand
25-28 The 3rd couple dance a half figure of eight around the 2nd couple, while the 1st couple does likewise around the 4th couple, to end 2341 all on own sides
29-32 The 3rd and 1st couples pivot turn partners with right elbow grip

Repeat with a new top couple.

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


Dance Notes

During bars 11-16, the 2nd woman should dance straight from half wheel to half wheel with no polite turns.
Devised June 1986 and revised January 1987;

(Dance notes by the deviser, Lewis N Derrick)


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


Dance Information

This dance, The Wooden Legged Whistler, was devised for Stephanie May.

Suggested tune: The Wooden Legged Whistler (Ray Milbourne).

Devised June 1986 and revised January 1987; first published 1987; republished electronically 2020.

Copyright 1986, 1987, 2020 Lewis N. Derrick.



Dance information from The McGhie Scottish Country Dance Books, Volume 1, The McGhie's Fancy and Other Scottish Country Dances, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Lewis N Derrick.

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