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 (Reel)
Banks Of The Devon
Black Craig Of Dee
Cairn Edward
Cairnsmore Of Carsphairn
Caller Herrin'
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
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
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

Belhaven (Jig)
Belhaven (Strathspey)
Captain Whiteside
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
Marquis Of Huntley's Farewell
Miss Catherine Stewart
My Ain Hoose
Nancy Dawson
River City Strathspey
Robert Fitchet
Rose Tree
Shake Yourself

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. 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.
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.

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