The Lassie in the Yellow Coatie

The Lassie in the Yellow Coatie Lassie Wi' the Yellow Coatie

The Lassie in the Yellow Coatie is an English Country Dance. It was devised by David Rutherford in 1756 and published in Rutherford's compleat Collection of 200 of the most celebrated Country Dances both Old and New, Vol. 1. It was interpreted by George Williams in 2021. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Rutherford writes:
The first Couple casts of two Couple cast up again Cross over & half figure right hand and Left quite round with the second Couple foot it Corners and turn foot it the other Corners and turn Lead through the Mens side and turn your Partner Lead through the Womens side and turn it out

Rutherford's description seems clear, the only qualms I have are that he is trying to pack too much movement into too little time. Each strain is only 4 bars, and doing a cross, cast down, half figure eight all in four bars sounds a little tight to me.

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance is 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.

The dances of George Williams (including this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.
An online description of the dance may be found here.

A1+21-81s cast down, go outside below 3s, turn, and come back
B11-21s cross, go below, as 2s lead up
3-41s half figure eight up through 2s
B21-41s+2s face partner, four changes of rights and lefts
A31-41s set to 1st corners and two hand turn them
A41-41s set to 2nd corners and two hand turn them
B31-21s lead out between the two men, loop around them and meet in the middle
3-41s two hand turn
B41-21s lead out between the two women, loop around them and meet in the middle
3-41s two hand turn to 2nd place proper

If you find what you believe to be a mistake in this animation, please leave a comment on youtube explaining what you believe to be wrong. If I agree with you I shall do my best to fix it.

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