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Dance The Yellow-Haired Laddie 7247

3/4 time · 64 bars · 4 couples · Longwise - 4   (Progression: 2341)

Devised by
Jno Johnson (18C) (1725)
8000/8000/0800/0800/8000/8000/8440/8004 = 29% (1 turn), 30% (whole dance)
  • Minuet PdB/Pas de Valse
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Extra Info
The Yellow-Haired Laddie

Of “The Yellow-Haired Laddie” William Stenhouse said: “This beautiful air appears in Mrs Crockat’s Music-Book, written in 1709; but the tune is undoubtedly far more ancient, for Ramsay has preserved the old words in his Tea-Table Miscellany, 1724, under the title of ‘The auld yellow-hair’d Laddie.‘“

The yellow-hair’d laddie sat on yon burn brae,
Cries, milk the ewes, lassie, let nane of them gae;
And ay she milked, and ay she sang,
The yellow-hair’d laddie shall be my goodman.
  And ay she milked, &c.

The weather is cauld, and my claithing is thin,
The ewes are new clipped, they winna bught in,
They winna bught in, tho ’ I shou’d die,
O yellow-hair’d laddie, be kind to me.
  They winna bught in, &c.

The good wife cries butt the house, Jenny come ben,
The cheese is to mak, and the butter to kirn;
Tho’ butter, and cheese, and a’ shou’d sour,
I’ll crack and kiss wi my love ae ha’f hour;
  It’s ae ha’f hour, and we’s e’en make it three,
  For the yellow hair’d laddie my husband shall be.

Two other verisons of “The Yellow-Hair’d Laddie” also appear in James Johnson’s The Scots Musical Museum, Volume 2, 1788. Both of them were written by Allan Ramsay. One, which begins “In April when primroses paint the sweet plain”, was included in William Thomson’s Orpheus Caledonius of 1725 and the second, “When first my dear laddie gade to the green hill”, which was published in 1729 in John Watts’ Musical Miscellany, was used by Ramsay as one of the songs in his ballad opera The Gentle Shepherd.

The Yellow-Haired Laddie 4/4L · ¾64

A slow ”minuet” step is used throughout: step forward and a little to the R with the R foot, now straight forward with the L, then bring up the R foot close behind the L, repeat beginning L foot

1c lead down to between 2c (2c up) ; turn BH
1c dance BtoB ; then turn BH to (2,1,3,4)
2c repeat [1–16] (1,2,3,4)
1c cast off one place ; lead up the middle and turn RH to 1pl
1c dance BtoB ; cross over and both face W side
On sidelines, 1c turn 2c RH 1½ ; 1c turn 3c LH 1½
1c turn 4c RH 1½ ; 1c cross over (to 2,3,4,1)
The Yellow-Haired Laddie 4/4L · ¾64
1s lead down below 2s & turn with RH,
1s dance DoSiDo & turn RH to end in 2nd place
2s repeat above Fig
1s cast 1 place, lead up the middle, turn RH to 1st places
1s dance DoSiDo & cross over RH to change places
1s turn next dancer on sides RH 1.1/2 times, turn 3rd dancer LH 1.1/2 times, turn 4th dancer RH 1.1/2 times & cross RH to 4th places

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1254 Confusing display of short dance type and bar count on crib page Oct. 1, 2017, 1:34 a.m. Murrough Landon Anselm Lingnau Normal Fixed