Dance The Gates of Edinburgh 2415

Reel · 32 bars · 3 couples · Longwise - 4   (Progression: 213)

Devised by
David Rutherford (1750)
Intensity
888 888 888 888 = 100% (1 turn), 75% (whole dance)
Formations
Steps
  • Pas-de-Basque, Skip-Change
  • Note: This list may be incomplete and/or incorrect.
Published in
Recommended Music
Extra info
There are various opinions concerning ...

There are various opinions concerning the name of this dance. One school of thought claims that the »gates« are the gates of the town which are opened in the morning and closed at night – hence the giving of hands in the reels of three. This sounds very plausible if one disregards the fact that the city of Edinburgh was never fortified and thus did not actually feature such gates.

The other school of thought notes that the word »gate«, in Scots, does not actually mean »gate« as in »big door«, but »street« (from the Scandinavian gatan) – as evidenced by well-known Edinburgh street names such as Cowgate or Canongate. A »gate«, the big door, would be a »port«, as in in the song about John Graham of Claverhouse, a.k.a. »Bonnie Dundee«:

Come fill up my cup, come fill up my can,
Saddle my horses and call out my men,
And it's Ho! for the west port and let us gae free,
And we'll follow the bonnets o' Bonnie Dundee!

So according to this theory the »gates of Edinburgh« are really the »streets of Edinburgh«.

NameArtistAlbumMediaTrkTypeTimePaceClipTunes
The Gates of Edinburgh Fiddlers Three Plus Two Book 14/15. Music for Scottish Country Dances (1) LP+ 4 R32 84:45 35.6 [S] The Gates of Edinburgh/Miss Catherine Maxwell's Scots Measure/Sir Reginald Macdonald/MacLauchlane's Scotch Measure
The Gates of Edinburgh The Atholl Players Dances of Scotland Volume 1 LP+ 3 R32 84:24 33.0 [S] The Gates of Edinburgh/Farnie House/Fife Hunt
The Gates of Edinburgh The Atholl Players Dances of Scotland Volume 1 MC 3 R32 84:24 33.0 [S] The Gates of Edinburgh/Farnie House/Fife Hunt
The Gates of Edinburgh John Ellis and his Highland Country Band A Reel Kick LP+ 2 R32 42:20 35.0 The Gates of Edinburgh/Cookie Shine/Albert's Hornpipe/The Peat Bog
The Gates of Edinburgh Stan Hamilton and his Flying Scotsmen Scottish Dance Time Vol 3 LP 8 R32 84:40 35.0 [S] Far Frae Hame/Master Erskine/Legget's Reel
The Gates of Edinburgh Blue Bonnets Gates of Edinburgh LP 1 R32 80:00 0.0 Mrs MacLeod of Raasay/The Gates of Edinburgh/The Black Bear/Miss Catherine Maxwell's Scots Measure/Davy Nick Nack
Gates of Edinburgh Muriel A Johnstone Teachers Certificate Examination MC 9 R32 40:00 0.0
The Gates of Edinburgh Muriel A Johnstone Teachers Certificate Examination (1990) MC 2 R32 40:00 0.0
The Gates of Edinburgh Catherine Fraser & Duncan Smith Old Favourites and Odd Couples CD 5 R32 84:57 37.1 [S] The Gates of Edinburgh/The Old Grey Cat/Petronella/Goodnight and Joy be With You
The Gates of Edinburgh Neil Barron and his Scottish Dance Band Book 15 CD 5 R32 84:40 35.0 [S] The Gates of Edinburgh/Jack Broke da Prison Door/The Oyster Wives' Rant/Geordie Affleck

The Gates of Edinburgh 3/4L · R32

1–
1c+2c+3c mirror Reels3 on opposite side (with hands), 1c cross down to begin
9–
1c+2c+3c mirror Reels3 on own side ; finish 1W/1M between 2c/3c
17–
Set twice in lines of 3 across ; 2W+3W & 2M+3M turn BH while{} 1c BH 1¼ turn (2,1,3)
25–
All set twice ; turn RH

The Gates of Edinburgh 3/4L · R32

1-8
1s cross down to dance reflection reels of 3 on opposite sides
9-16
1s cross down to dance reflection reels on own sides ending in lines across 1L between 2s & 1M between 3s
17-24
2s+1s+3s set twice, turn opposite person 2H, 1s end 2nd place on own sides
25-32
2s+1s+3s set twice & turn RH

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Added on: Aug. 29, 2015, 9:56 p.m.
Quality: Demonstration quality

NameDateOwnerLast changed
Dark Arts Nov 3rd 2017-11-03 Ken Saunders Oct. 26, 2017, 10:19 p.m.
Budapest Local Club 25.06.2015 2015-06-25 Zoltán Gräff June 29, 2015, 10:18 a.m.
Unit 2 Prescribed Dances (pre-2018) Anselm Lingnau Jan. 16, 2018, 11:33 p.m.
Prescribed Dances For Unit 2 Fiona Perez Peterkin April 20, 2014, 2:27 p.m.
Unit 2 Aliénor Latour March 10, 2015, 5:12 p.m.
180922 Denkendorf Social Dance 2018-09-22 Meinhard Reiser Aug. 20, 2018, 12:03 p.m.
Spring School in Russia 2017 - Unit 2 dances 2017-05-07 Ekaterina Iarmarkina Jan. 25, 2017, 9:53 a.m.
RSCDS Summer School 2018 Week 4 - Wednesday Programme 2018-08-08 Viktor Lehmann July 25, 2018, 9:56 p.m.
2018 Summer School Wednesday Social Dancing 2018-08-08 Nameless Dancer July 30, 2018, 9:14 p.m.
180725 w2 Wednesday - St Andrews - Common Room 2018-07-25 Martina Mueller-Franz May 15, 2018, 11:01 a.m.
180808 w4 Wednesday - St Andrews - Common Room 2018-08-08 Martina Mueller-Franz May 15, 2018, 11:05 a.m.
Budapest Local Club 11.06.2015 2015-06-11 Zoltán Gräff June 7, 2015, 8:58 p.m.
Burns Social 2015-01-29 Felix Hamelbeck Jan. 25, 2015, 11:58 a.m.
Rachel Pusey - San Jose Class 4/17 2017-04-17 Rachel Pusey April 16, 2017, 6:31 p.m.
150730 w1 Thursday - Common Room - St A 2015-07-30 Martina Mueller-Franz May 22, 2015, 1:05 a.m.
RSCDS Edinburgh Christmas Dance 2017 2017-12-09 RSCDS Edinburgh Aug. 9, 2017, 10:50 a.m.
Lochiel Ball 2013 Amy Martin April 19, 2013, 12:39 a.m.
A Burns Celebration Dance - ILKLEY, Leeds Branch 2016-01-28 Christine Parker-Jones Nov. 5, 2015, 11:26 a.m.
Vienna Branch Social Evening, Saturday 14.4.2018 2018-04-14 Felix Hamelbeck May 16, 2018, 7:57 a.m.
Vienna Branch Social Evening, Saturday 24.3.2018 2018-03-24 Felix Hamelbeck March 18, 2018, 1:07 p.m.
RSCDS Edinburgh Old Favourites Dance 2018 2018-04-28 RSCDS Edinburgh March 3, 2018, 4:21 p.m.
HHK Nov 13 2018 2018-11-13 Ken Saunders Nov. 12, 2018, 2:51 p.m.
Vienna Branch Welcome Back Dance, 19.9.2018 2018-06-27 Felix Hamelbeck Sept. 19, 2018, 7:25 a.m.
20150727_Dresden 2015-06-27 Verena Ebling Feb. 5, 2016, 1:14 p.m.
150812 w3 Wednesday - St Andrews 2015-08-12 Martina Mueller-Franz May 18, 2015, 2:58 p.m.
150729 w1 Wednesday - St Andrews 2015-07-29 Martina Mueller-Franz May 18, 2015, 2:57 p.m.
PontStreet_LHC with Ian Muir of Prestwick. From 7pm 2017-10-07 Matthew Goulden Oct. 7, 2017, 5:21 p.m.
Roundtrip Scotland Judith Kowalczik June 19, 2016, 6:17 p.m.
Chemnitz_Friday SCD Chemnitz Feb. 6, 2018, 6:27 p.m.

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