Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Hugh Foss

Dances Devised By The Scottish Country Dance Deviser - H. Foss

Airie Bennan
Alister McAlister
Auchencairn (Foss)
Auld Robin Gray
Awa' Whigs Awa'
Belfast Almanac
Belhaven (Jig)
Belhaven (Reel)
Belhaven (Strathspey)
Banks Of The Devon
Black Craig Of Dee
Cairn Edward
Cairnsmore Of Carsphairn
Caller Herrin'
Captain Whiteside
Castles In The Air (Foss)
Celtic Brooch
Celtic Brooch (Elementary)
Celtic Brooch (Intermediate)
Celtic Brooch (Advanced)
Cousin Jim
Dandie Dinmont
Dr Robertson
Duncan MacCalman
Earl Of Angus And Arran
Earlstoun Loch
For Lack Of Gold
Forteviot Jig
Fugal Fergus
Gallant Weaver
Garple Burn
Glenfiddich (Foss)
Greenwich Hill
Hey, Johnnie Cope
In Garb Of Old Gaul
J.B. Milne
Jig For Liz
John McAlpin
Kendoon Strathspey
Laird O' Thrums
Loch Doon Castle
London Reel
Mantua Makers
Miss Jean Raeburn
Miss Stewart's Jig
Mr Morison
Mr William Brown's Reel
Mucklestane Moor
My Mither's Aye Glow'rin' Owre Me
My Tocher's The Jewel
Polharrow Burn
Roaring Jelly
Rob Roy
Sarah Anne Cheyne
Thrums Cairn
Val's Fancy
Wee Cooper O' Fife
Wha'll Be King But Charlie?
Wheatly Hills
Wife She Brewed It

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams For Dances Devised By H. Foss

Christie Of The Clinthill
Dugald Dalgetty
Elizabeth Adair
Green Well Of Scotland
Hamilton Races
Inver Inn
John Of Badenyon
Ken Bridge
Kirrie Kebbuck (Foss)
Lucy Of Lammermoor
Magdalen Murdockson
Malcolm Misticot
Marquis Of Huntley's Farewell
Miss Catherine Stewart
Miss Grant Of Elchies
My Ain Hoose
Nancy Dawson
Princess Margaret's Jig
River City Strathspey
Robert Fitchet
Rose Tree
Rowena And Rebecca
Shake Yourself
Star Petronella
Thorngrove Anniversary Strathspey
William McDonald Black

Dance Instruction Videos For Dances Devised By H. Foss

Mr Edward Wagstaff's Fancy
Hugh Foss has been described as a "code-breaking genius" who specialised in Japanese codes and had penetrated their diplomatic code in 1934 - so he was probably born before world war one. During the second world war, at Bletchley Park he continued this work, again concentrating on Japanese codes and making many important breakthroughs, including some relating to the German Enigma machine.

He was a tall, elegant, urbane Scot with a good humoured, easy manner. As an outstanding Scottish dancer he organised the Bletchley Park Scottish Dance Group, which met regularly with "more elaborate dances every three to six months", often dancing on the croquet lawn in the summer and devised over 130 Scottish country dances.
Apparently the Circassian Circle was a great favourite because they wore out his record and the group had to buy him a new one.

Further information may be found in the book "The Secret Life Of Bletchley Park" by Sinclair McKay and on the Wikipedia page Hugh Foss, from which the following was extracted...

Hugh Rose Foss (1902 - 1971) was a British cryptanalyst. At Bletchley Park during World War II he made significant contributions both to the breaking of the German Enigma code and headed the section tasked with breaking Japanese Naval codes.

Foss was born in Kobe, Japan, one of five children of the Rt Revd Hugh Foss, Bishop of Osaka and his wife Janet Ovans. As a child of a missionary family stationed in Japan he developed fluency in Japanese from an early age. Foss was later educated at Marlborough College and graduated from Christ's College, Cambridge in 1924.

In December 1924 he joined the Government Code and Cipher School. He recalled learning of two models of the Enigma machine in 1926: the large non-reciprocal typing B model, and the small index C model.

In 1927 Edward Travis gave him a small (reciprocal) machine to examine, and he wrote a paper, "The Reciprocal Enigma", on solving the non-plugboard Enigma. The small Enigma was developed by the German services; the standard World War II British Typex machine was also developed from it.

In September 1934 Foss and Oliver Strachey broke the Japanese naval attaché cipher.

In November 1940 he was the first person to break a day's worth of the German Enigma code, deciphering 8 May 1940 by the method of Banburismus.

At Bletchley Park in World War II, Foss headed the Japanese Naval Section (Hut 7) from 1942 to 1943.

In December 1944 he went to Washington and worked with U.S. Navy cryptographers on Japanese ciphers.

Foss retired from GCHQ in 1953 to live at Glendarroch in St. John's Town of Dalry, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland. He died in 1971 and is buried with his wife Alison in Dalry Kirkyard.

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