File 61 - The Rose of Benbecula

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GB GB 3410 RSCDS-5-61


The Rose of Benbecula


  • c. 1986 (Creation)

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Includes a fragment of a letter from Isobel 'Tibbie' Cramb and handwritten descriptions for the dance; A note for the publications committee specifying the dance was not for publication and explaining that she was taught the dance 'by Mrs McNab' at summer school and that 'The dance was accompanied by a story as to its origin. Thus- that the 3 little girls disliked the soft waltzing nature of the dance. When the dancing-master was called away... they added 2 men's Highland steps. These Mrs McNab instructed us to use after the 1st Chorus. Miss Milligan and I both felt that the Highland steps spoiled the dance and as the story could not be authenticated we decided to leave them out'. Also enclosed two typed descriptions of the dance one annotated 'communicated by Mary Isadel MacNab'; a letter from the secretary of the RSCDS to John Drewry requesting diagrams for the dance.


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Any commercial use requires the written permission of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society. Please credit the R.S.C.D.S. Archives should any documents be used for publication.

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