Captain Mackintosh ~ RSCDS

Captain Macintosh ~ Williams Captain Mackintosh ~ RSCDS

Captain Mackintosh ~ RSCDS is a Scottish Country Dance. It was devised by Thomas Wilson in 1816 and published in A Companion to the Ball Room, London. It was interpreted by RSCDS in about 1977 and published in Miss Milligan's Miscellany 2. It is R8×40 3C/4C, a proper Triple Minor dance. R40.

Wilson writes (page 42):
SINGLE FIGURE Tune played straight thro
Set & change sides with 2d. Cu: set & back again lead down the middle up again & right & left with the top Cu:

OR THUS Cast off 2 Cu: & back again & whole poussette

DOUBLE FIGURE Each strain repeated
The 3 ladies lead round the 3 gent: the 3 gent: lead round the 3 ladies set & change places with 2d Cu: allemande & whole figure contrary corners

SINGLE FIGURE Tune played straight thro
Hands across with 2d. Cu: & back again lead down the middle up again & allemande
Hey contrary sides hey on your own sides swing with right hands round the 2d. Cu: then with left chain figure 4 round with bottom Cu: & half poussette with top Cu:

Wilson spells the title as "Captain Macintosh".

The music consists of two 8 bar strains.

The RSCDS is interpretting Wilson's first DOUBLE FIGURE

Wilson defines most of his figures in his An Analysis of Country Dancing, 3rd Edition.

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance will often be slowed down so people can learn the moves more readily. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color, however the border of each dancer indicates what role they currently play so the border color may change each time through the minor set.

An online description of the dance may be found here.

The dance contains the following figures: set, hey, allemande round (and probably others).

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