Scotch Cap

Edinburgh Castle

Scotch Cap or Edinburgh Castle is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford in 1651 in The English Dancing Master. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp in 1916. Found in The Playford Ball. It is a proper 3 Couple Longways dance. There is no progression in this dance. It is a USA dance. The dance lasts 72 bars.

Playford writes:
Lead up, back again · That again :The two upper we. fall back and the two lower men fall back, cross over, then the first man and the lower wo. cross over, the the two upper men fall back, and the the two lower we. cross over, then the other cross over as before, these three time over :

Sides all · That again :Three men and three we. joyning hands, fall all back and meet all, men turn your faces one towards andother, we. doing the like, the two ends on each side arms, while the middle with his own, then fall back, then turn your backs together, and every one turn his own.

Sides all · That again :Three men slip up, and 3 we. slip down, then the lower man gives his right hand to the 1. wo. and so go into your places by hands, then the we. slip up and the men slip down, and the first and last give hands to your places as before :

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color.

The dance contains the following figures: USA, hand turn (allemande), hey, progressive hey (and probably others).

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2019 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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