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Dance Inch of Perth 3084

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

Devised by
Alexander Bowman (1758)
880 804 822 866 = 62% (1 turn), 47% (whole dance)
  • Strathspey setting, Strathspey travel
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Inch of Perth

Just which “Inch” is meant in this dance is open to question for Perth has both a North Inch and a South Inch, two large meadows beside the River Tay with the downtown area of Perth, once known as St. Johnstoun, lying between the two.

The South Inch is now a recreation ground and it was here that Hussars guarding French prisoners during the Napoleonic War played cricket. It has been said, thus, that Perth is the birthplace of cricket in Scotland.

The North Inch today contains a golf course and a football ground, an area where Prince Charles Edward drilled his Highland troops in September of 1745.

The most interesting event to take place on the North Inch occurred in 1396, an event that was a mixture of unicivilised clan warfare, medieval tournament and Roman “curia militaris”. For some years there had been trouble within that confederacy known as Clan Chattan. The clan was divided into two parts, those of the blood and those who sought protection. “Of the blood” were the Mackintoshes, the Macphersons, the Shaws, the Farquharsons, the Cattanachs, the Macphails and the MacCombies. Those who sought protection or power through alliance were the Davidsons, the Macqueens, the MacGillivrays and the MacLeans of Dochgarroch.

While some historians may differ, it is generally supposed that the “Battle of the Clans”, which took place between Clan Chattan and “Clan Quhele” in an enclosure on the North Inch before Robert III and Queen Annabella Drummond and the Court, actually involved two families within Clan Chattan, the Macphersons “of the blood” and the Davidsons. “Clan Quhele” may very well be the Davidsons since the Gaelic MacDhai became MacKay, hence “Quhele”.

This intra-clan combat was held before a crowd of thousands, at the order of the king, to settle a dispute between the Macphersons and the Davidsons in regard to ascendancy and precedence. Robert ordered that thirty men from each quarreling faction be chosen, armed with the usual 14th century Highland weapons and let justice or might solve the difficulties. When, at the end of the battle, the king’s heralds declared the Macphersons the victors, the statistics read like a football score, Chattan 29, Quhele 19, which meant that only nineteen of the Macphersons lay slaughtered on the field while twenty-nine Davidsons had been killed. The thirtieth Davidson escaped by climbing over the enclosure wall, swimming to the far side of the Tay and running for his life. It is not indicated at what point in the battle this sole, and farsighted, Davidson survivor had had enough and took to his heels. In the following century such family disputes began to be taken before the court of the Lord Lyon for more judicious settlement.

Inch of Perth 3/4L · S32
1c+2c RHA ; LHA
1c lead to 3pl (2c+3c up on [11–12] ; 3c+1c Circle4 L (2,3,1)
1c set | cast up to face 1cnr (3c down) ; 1c set to 1cnr | to 2cnr
Rsh Reels3{6} on the sides | 1c cross RH (2,1,3)
Inch of Perth 3/4L · S32
1s+2s dance RH across & LH back to places
1s lead down to 3rd place, 3s+1s circle 4H round to left
1s set, cast up 1 place to face 1st corners, 1s set to 1st corners & then to 2nd corners
1s dance reels of 3 on sides giving RSh to 2nd corners & cross to places

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Added on: Feb. 9, 2020, 2:55 p.m.
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