Meg Merrilees ~ RSCDS

Meg Merrilees ~ Smyth Meg Merrilees ~ RSCDS

Meg Merrilees ~ RSCDS is a Scottish Country Dance. It was published by J. P. Boulogne in 1827 in The Ball-Room, or the Juvenile Pupil's Assistant; Containing the Most Fashionable Quadrilles, with Les Lanciers of Sixteen, As Danced in the Public & Private Assemblies in Paris, Glasgow. It was interpreted by RSCDS in 1924 and published in RSCDS Book 1. It is R8×24 2C/4C, a proper Duple Minor dance. R24.

Clementi published a dance of this name in London, but with a different figure.

In 1830 Smyth writes:

The two first couple figure partners first by the right and then by the left, all four down the middle arm in arm and up again, pousette and right and left.

The Lowes write:

First Lady swings the second Gentleman, first by the right hand, then by the left; at the same time the first Gentleman does the same with the second Lady; all four down the middle arm in arm, and up again, pousette, and right and left.

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.

1-4M1+W2 right hand turn
5-8W1+M2 right hand turn once and a half ending between partners
9-16Line of four (near hands joined) dance down, turn alone, and dance up, on last bar 1s move ahead into poussette position

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