Maggie Lauder ~ RSCDS

Maggie Lauder ~ Williams Maggie Lauder ~ RSCDS

Maggie Lauder ~ 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 1935 and published in RSCDS Book 10. It is S8×32 2C/4C, a proper Duple Minor dance. St32.

In his A Companion to the Ball Room, page 41, 1816, Thomas Wilson published several versions of Maggie Lauder:

Hands 3 round on the ladies side hands 3 round on the gents. side. lead down the middle up again & allemande

SINGLE FIGURE (Tune played straight thro')
The 1st. lady leads down the 2d. gent: the 1st. gent: leads down the 2d. lady lead down the middle with your partner up again & set to the top Cu:

OR THUS Set & hands across quite round with the 2d. Cu: set & back again lead down the middle up again & right & left with the top Cu:

DOUBLE FIGURE (Each strain repeated)
Swing with right hands round 2d. Cu: then with left set 3 across set 3 in your places hands 6 round & back again lead thro' the bottom & half poussette with the top Cu:

TRIPLE FIGURE Tune repeated & then played straight thro
The 3 ladies lead round the gent: the 3 gent: lead round the 3 ladies lead down the middle up again half poussette with top Cu: set contrary corners swing corners & the double triangle

The music consists of 2 eight bar strains, each potentially repeated.

The RSCDS has chosen the third figure (the one labelled "OR THUS") which Wilson intends as a 16 bar reel, but the RSCDS decided on a 32 bar strathspey.

Wilson says the hands across should be "quite round", but the RSCDS has them be half round. I would concur with this when trying to fit the dance into 16 bars, but am confused by it in the 32 bar strathspey case.

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, cast, lead, hands across, rights and lefts, down the middle and back (and probably others).

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1935 by RSCDS. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2024 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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