General Murray's Reel

From Scottish Dancipedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Dance details

<rating comment = false> Difficulty rating: Please choose 2 - 10. 2 Very easy. 3 4 5 Moderate. 6 7 8 9 10 Difficult. </rating> <rating comment = false> Enjoyment rating: Please choose 2 - 10. 2 Boring. 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Great fun. </rating> <rating comment = false> Awareness rating Please choose 2 - 10. 2 Never heard of it. 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 I know it well. </rating>

Name: General Murray's Reel Type: Reel Times & Bars: 8 X 32
Set: 4 Couple Longwise Minimum couples required 3
Devised by: Aad Boode Year[1] 2010
Published in:
Music: Duke John, by Niel Gow

Dance instructions

1 - 8 1st couple set, 1st woman casts off two places, crosses over and dances up behind 3rd man to 2nd man’s place – at the same time 1st man follows his partner, crossing over and dancing behind 2nd and 3rd women, then up the middle to 2nd woman’s place (2nd couple step up on bars 7 – 8).
9 - 16 1st couple dance reels of three on opposite sides with 2nd and 3rd couples, giving LEFT shoulder to begin, i.e.: 1st man and 2nd woman pass left shoulder and 1st woman and 2nd man pass left shoulder, to finish 1st couple in the centre with nearer hands joined, man having his partner on his left, facing the women’s side. 2nd and 3rd men turn the long way round to places.
17 - 24 1st couple dance out between 2nd and 3rd women, woman casts up and man casts down, they meet in the middle, dance between 2nd and 3rd men and cast as before to finish in 2nd place on own sides of the dance - at the same time, 2nd and 3rd couples cross over giving right hands, set, cross back again giving right hands and set.
25 - 32 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples dance clockwise round the set halfway (4 bars), then join hands and dance 6 hands round to the left to own side.


Dance devised by Aad L.M. Boode, Livingston, 2010.

Devised to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the death of General Lord George Murray, a Scottish Jacobite general, most noted for his 1745 campaign under Bonnie Prince Charlie into England. Born 4 October 1694, he was the sixth son of John Murray, 1st Duke of Atholl.

After the defeat at Culloden in 1745 he escaped to the European continent where he lived in numerous places. The last few years of his life he lived in Medemblik, Holland where he died on 11 October 1760. He is buried in the Church of St. Boniface in Medemblik.

References & Footnotes

  1. Year denotes the year in which the dance was devised or first published