MacDonald of the Isles

32 bar Strathspey for three-couple sets

Figs. 1-4 for MacDonald of the Isles

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Fig. 2
Fig. 4
Fig. 5

1-8 2nd couple dance a diagonal reel of four with 1st man and 3rd woman
(see Fig.1) and finish dancing left shoulder round each other, ready for

9-16 A diagonal reel of four with 1st woman and 3rd man (see Fig.2). All finish in their original places.

17-18 1st couple cross, giving right hands, and

19-20 Change places with 2nd couple, giving left hands.

21-22 1st couple change places with 3rd couple, giving right hands, while 2nd couple, giving right hands, cross over at the top.

23-24 Giving left hands, 2nd couple change places with 3rd, while 19t cross over at the bottom, back to own sides.
(This figure is like a Grand Chain, with 2nd couple joining in on bar 19 and 3rd on bar 21.)

25-28 2nd and 3rd couples dance half right and left (see Fig.3).

29-32 3rd woman dances a half figure of eight round 1st woman, while 3rd man does the same round 2nd man (see Fig.4).

Repeat with a new couple leading.

Dance devised by Derek Haynes (Lancaster).

Tune: Carrick's Rant, also known as The Smith's a Gallant Fireman (Gow's 1st Rep. p.3, Athole Call. p.l04, Kerr's Coll. p.7, Speyside, Book 1, p.20).

Copyright, 1966, by Hugh Foss, Dalry, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire.

Glendarroch Scottish Country Dance Sheet No.8.