Lady Mary Douglas’ Reel

 Wheatstone’s Selection of Elegant and Fashionable Country Dances, Reels, Waltzs &c for the Ensuing Season 1808, Book 1.  National Library of Australia.

Transcribed and arranged by Roland Clarke

Country dance: Duple minor longways.

A1 1-4 1st and 2nd couples set twice to partners.
5-8 1st and 2nd couples change sides giving right hands.
A1 1-4 1st and 2nd couples set twice to partners.
5-8 1st and 2nd couples change sides giving left hands.
B1 1-8 1st couple lead down the middle and back, cast one place [2nd couple move up]
B2 1-4 Allemande right. [stand right shoulder to right shoulder with partner, link right elbows reaching behind your partner’s back to take their left hand. Dance clockwise in this position, maintaining eye contact with partner. Also known as Reel of Tulloch hold.]
B2 5-8 Allemande left. [stand left shoulder to left shoulder with partner, link left elbows reaching behind your partner’s back to take their right hand. Dance anti-clockwise in this position.]

 

 

Lady Mary Douglas was born in 1737, the daughter of James Douglas, 14th Earl of Morton.  Moreton Bay in Queensland, Australia, was named after Lord Morton by Captain Cook (the spelling being an error in the published account of Cook’s voyage)

Lady Mary married Charles, 4th Earl of Aboyne in London on 14 May, 1774.  Their only child, Douglas Gordon (1777–1841), succeeded to his father’s titles in 1794.

She died in Edinburgh 25 December, 1816.

Lady Mary Douglas’ Reel from Wheatstone’s Selection of Elegant and Fashionable Dances, 1808. National Library of Australia.

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Sources

History of the GordonFamily
http://www.angelfire.com/realm/gotha/gotha/gordon.html
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4 Responses to Lady Mary Douglas’ Reel

  1. ZUHAIR says:

    thank you for sharing this page

  2. Ann Hinchliffe says:

    Nice to hear about the origin of the tune, which I’ve played in sessions and used for simple cotillions. It’s more familiar as a brisk 6/8 over here; the recording sounds a but like 6/4. This would work with a bouree step [fleuret] but is a bit slow for the ‘set’ in the instructions. Mind you, printed dance instructions, as we know, were pretty casual! How do you dance it over there?

    • Heather says:

      Wow – that’s such an old recording we did on Sibelius years ago! We’ll update that. We don’t play it like that in real life but play it as a brisk 6/8. Thanks for the alert.

  3. Ann Hinchliffe says:

    sorry should have said: I’m in UK, hence phrase ‘over here’.

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