The Haughs O' Cromdale ~ RSCDS

The Haughs O' Cromdale ~ RSCDS is a Scottish Country Dance. It is a traditional dance with no clear origin. It was interpreted by RSCDS in 1927 and published in RSCDS Book 4. It is S8×16 2C/4C, a proper Duple Minor dance. St16.

The RSCDS claims Wilson is the source for this dance; I have my doubts. He certainly wrote dances with this name, but if his work is the source, it has been so modified by the interpretation that almost nothing of the original is left. The second "single figure" seems the closest, but even it only shares half of the first figure...

Wilson, on page 37, writes:

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 The 1st lady meets & turns the 2d. gent: the 1st. gent: meet & turn the 2d lady lead down the middle up again & allemande

DOUBLE FIGURE (Tune played twice thro' with repeats)
Set & change sides with 2d. Cu: set & back again 1st lady meets and turns the 3d. gent: the 1st. gent: meets & turns the 3d. lady promenade 3 Cu: & whole poussette

Wilson's music consists of 2 four bar strains, both repeated. Wilson's dance is not set to strathspey time.

Wilson spells his title "The Haughs of Cromdale" rather than "The Haughs O' Cromdale".

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.

1-2M1+L2 half right turn
3-4Others join for half right hands across...
5-8...and left hands back
9-12Highland Schottische and two hand turn half into diamond poussette formation
13-16Half diamond poussette

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