Hame Came Our Gude Man ~ RSCDS

Hame Came Our Gude Man ~ Williams Hame Came Our Gude Man ~ RSCDS

Hame Came Our Gude Man ~ 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 1981 and published in RSCDS Book 30. It is S8×32 3C/4C, a proper Triple Minor dance. St32.

Wilson writes (page 42):
SINGLE FIGURE (Each strain repeated)
Hands 3 round on the ladies side hands 3 round on the gent: side lead down the middle up again & set to the top Cu:

OR THUS Set & change places with 2d. Cu: set & back again lead down the middle up again & cast round the top Cu:

DOUBLE FIGURE (Tune played twice thro' with repeats)
Set & half right & left with 2d. Cu: set & back again promenade 3 Cu: whole poussette whole figure round contrary corners

The music consists of two 4 bar strains. Probably played as a reel rather than a strathspey.

The RSCDS is interpretting Wilson's DOUBLE FIGURE

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

  1. Set, and half right and left may be found on page 50 Everyone sets in his or her place (he doesn't say whether this is to partner, neighbor or corner) then L1+M2 change by left, then M1+L2 change by right.
  2. promenade 3 Cu: is defined on page 18 and means that all three couples take promenade hold and, with the 1s leading, travel in a counter-clockwise elipse around and back to places.
  3. whole poussette is defined on page 15 and means: "top two couples join hands with partner, circle, counter-clockwise, one and a half times around the other couple to change places with them."
    Note: this is unlike a normal English Poussette as the couples travel once and a half around each other rather than once. And is quite different from the Scottish Poussette.
  4. whole figure contrary corners is defined on page 104. Rather awkwardly, Wilson provides two different (contradictory) directions. In the first "the 1s cross down, W1 in front of M1, W1 around M3, M1 around W3, then cross up, W1 around W2, M1 around M2, and return home". In the second the "1s cross up, W1 around M2, M1 around W2, then cross down W1 around W3, M1 around M3, and return home.

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, rights and lefts, promenade round, diamond poussette (and probably others).

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