The Carl cam' ower the Croft ~ RSCDS

The Carl cam' ower the Croft ~ 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 R8×32 3C/4C, a proper Triple Minor dance. R32.

Wilson writes (page 35):
SINGLE FIGURE (Each strain repeat)
Set & change sides with 2d. Cu: set & back again swing with right hands round 2d. Cu: & allemande

OR THUS The 1st lady meets & turns the 2d gent: the 1st. gent: meets and turns the 2d lady lead down the middle up again & set to the top Cu:

DOUBLE FIGURE (Tune played twice thro' with repeats)
Hands 6 round & back promenade 3 Cu: whole poussette & the double triangle

Wilson spells the title as "The Carle came o'er the Craft".

The music consists of two 4 bar strains.

The RSCDS is interpretting Wilson's DOUBLE FIGURE (The Wilson's poussette and double triangle are completely different from those of the RSCDS).

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

  1. hands 6 round & back again may be found on page 5 and means what you expect. All take hands and circle left then 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. the double triangle is defined on page 113 and means: "the middle couple loop first corner right shoulder pass outside partner's place, then loop 2nd corner right shoulder and return to place.
    This is completely different from the RSCDS version of double triangles.

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: circle, promenade round, double triangle, back to back (and probably others).

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