Scotland's Thistle

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Name: Scotland's Thistle Type: Strathspey Times & Bars: 4 X 32
Set: 4 Couple Longwise Minimum couples required 4
Devised by: Jean C. Milligan Year[1] 1963
Published in: RSCDS Perth & Perthshire Branch’s Newsletter “The Highland Gateway”, Sept.-Dec. 1998.

RSCDS Boston Branch’s Newsletter “The Tartan Times”, May-June 2007

Music:


Dance instructions

1 - 4 All facing the top of the set advance for 2 steps & retire for 2.
5 - 8 All turn & joining hands down the line they advance & retire towards partners.
valign="top"9 - 16 All dance Eight Hands round and back.
17 - 20 Following the 4s the ladies dance round in a half circle onto the men’s side of the dance, while the men keeping outside dance around to the women’s side.
21 - 24 All dance a ½ grand chain back to original places.
25 - 28 All turn partners with right hand and return to place.
29 - 32 1s dance down into 4th place while the others step up one place.


Notes

The following is an extract from the RSCDS Boston Branch’s Newsletter “The Tartan Times”, May-June 2007.

Which was Re-printed from the RSCDS Perth & Perthshire Branch’s Newsletter “The Highland Gateway”, Sept.-Dec. 1998.


"MISS MILLIGAN’S LAST DANCE?

In 1963, Miss Milligan wrote to Mrs May Brown of Perth, Australia with the words of a new Strathspey called Scotland’s Thistle. For many years, Mrs Brown has been pressing the Publications and Research Committee to publish this dance. Successive Convenors and Committees have declined to do so as they did not feel the dance warranted the full weight of the Society’s publishing process behind it. Bill Clement, as a past Chairman and also a past Convenor of the Publications and Research agrees with that decision but believes that the dance should be in the public domain as an historic document related to one of the Society’s co-founders. The Highland Gateway has therefore been given the opportunity of the first publication of a Miss Milligan dance: the original manuscript still resides in Perth, Western Australia."[2]


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References & Footnotes

  1. Year denotes the year in which the dance was devised or first published
  2. RSCDS Boston Branch’s Newsletter “The Tartan Times”, May-June 2007.