MacLauchlane

Reel.
Square dance: Couples numbered as for the Eightsome

Music: MacLauchlane’s Scotch Measure (Gow’s 2nd Repository, p.3. Athole Collection p. 152.

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First Figure: 1st and 3rd couples dancing.

1-4 1st and 3rd couples, taking partners’ near hands, set and dance right hands across half round. Then the men turn right about and

5-8 Turn partners by the left hand once round into (opposite) places.

9-12 They set again and dance left hands across half round. Then the women turn right about and

13-16 Turn partners by the right hand to original places.

17-20 1st and 3rd men dance back to back, clockwise, returning to places.

21-24 1st and 3rd women pass each other left shoulder and each turns the opposite man by the right hand to his own place.

25-28 The men dance round each other back to back, counter-clockwise.

29-32 The women pass each other right shoulder and turn their partners by the left hand to their original places.

Second figure: All dancing.

1-2 Taking partners’ near hands, all set, advancing towards their left and each woman giving right hand to the opposite woman.

3-4 Retaining partners’ hands, the women dance right hands across to complete the half-way round. Then the men turn right about and

5-8 Turn partners by the left hand into opposite places.

9-16 As in 1-8, but with the men giving left hands across and partners turning by the right hand into original places.

17-20 The four men dance back to back with their opposites, clockwise. (The back-to-back movement for four is phrased as in the movement for two. Bar 1 – get right shoulder to right shoulder with opposite. Bar 2 – back to back. Bar 3 – left shoulder to left shoulder. Bar 4 – retire to places. See diagrams).

21-24 The women pass left shoulder in the middle and turn opposite man by the right hand into his own place.

25-32 As in 17-24, but with the men dancing counter-clockwise and the women passing right shoulders to turn partners by the left hand. All end in their original places.

Third Figure: 2nd and 4th couples dancing.

1-32 As in the first figure.

Fourth Figure: All dancing.

1-2 All dance two pas-de-basque, the women approaching each other and giving right hands across, the men passing outside their partners, left shoulder.

3-4 With skip-change, the women dance right hands across half round, while the men dance round outside them counter-clockwise.

5-8 All turn partners by the left hand into (opposite) places (three-quarters or once and three-quarters, as desired).

9-16 As in 1-8, but with the men giving left hands across, the women dancing clockwise outside them and all turning partners by the right hand.

17-20 The men dance back to back, clockwise, returning to their original places, while the women dance half round them counter-clockwise to opposite places.

21-24 The women pass each other left shoulder and turn partners by the right hand to original places.

25-28 The men dance back to back, counter-clockwise, while the women dance round them clockwise to opposite places.

29-32 The women pass each other right shoulder and turn partners by the left hand into original places.

Devised by Hugh Foss.
The Rose Collection of Scottish Dances 1978, which was the final collection dedicated to the memory and achievement of Hugh Foss. The book contains all remaining dances not formally published by him during his life-time.