Publication Updates

The Membership Services Committee have produced a written Dance Revision Policy (September 2014). Click on the link below to read the policy. Corrections to dances will be listed on this page.

Dance Revision Policy (Sept 2014)


Combined A5 Edition of Books 19 to 24

Combined Books 19 - 24 Explanation of Revisions

A second edition of the Combined Books 19 - 24 was issued in October 2017. This edition includes a number of corrections and clarifications vis-a-vis the first edition, which are explained in the attached note. This edition also includes a complete set of diagrams prepared by Keith Rose, based on the notation developed by F L Pilling and his successors.

Combined A5 Edition of Books 31-38

Errata for Combined Edition of Books 31-38

The Argyll Ludging (p.65): In Fig. 3, 3rd couple should be on own sides of the dance.

The Diamond Jubilee 9p.9), Bars 9-16: "On bar 16, 4th couple do not pass each other" should read "On bar 16, 4th couple do not pass 1st couple".

Mr. Robert H Mackay (p.82), Bars 21-24: "3rd and 1st couple set to partners and dance right hands across halfway"

The Star (Book 28, No. 4 in Combined Volume Bok 25-30)

The source given in Book 28 (1977 edition), was the Hilton manuscript. We have been unable to trace a source of that name. The Star, which appears in the Hill Manuscript, has clear similarities with The Star in Book 28. It appears likely that the source may have been the Hill manuscript. It is our policy to only include a source which is verifiable and so no source will be quoted in further editions of Book 28.

The Manual of Scottish Country Dancing (Third Edition)

The updated appendix pages of the Manual are now available for download; please click here to download

Oh, whistle and I'll come tae ye, my Lad (Book 24, no.6 in combined book 19-24)

Correction to Fig.2. To download please click here.

Book 49 and Graded Book (Revised) Diagrams

The first print run of Book 49 and The Revised Graded Book omitted the following acknowledgement: "Diagrams by Keith Rose, based upon the notion system developed by F L Pilling and successors, the RSCDS thanks F L Pilling's successors for their assistance in reviewing the diagrams for the appendix".

The St. Andrews Collection of Step Dances Volume 1

The version of West' Blue Bonnets on page 4 is missing the steps 4,5 & 6. Click Here for the full dance.

Newburgh Jig (Book 48, no. 1):

The first three notes of the music are incorrect and should be as bar 5. Please click Here for the full dance.

The Rutland Reel (Book 48, no. 2):

Iain MacPhail's original arrangement of the tune Miss Mary Printy is Here.

MacLeod's Wedding (Book 48, no. 15):

Bars 37-40 should read '...except that 3rd couple, passing 2nd man [not 5th man] by the left...'. The diagram has been corrected accordingly. Click Here to download.

Loch Ness Monster (Imperial Book 2, no. 9):

Bars 25-32 should read:

"All four couples repeat bars 9-16 in reverse, i.e. 1st man, followed by his partner, casts up one place as 4th woman, followed by her partner, casts off one place to finish all in original places, 1st and 3rd couples facing down and 2nd and 4th couples facing up."

Follow my Love (Imperial Book 3, no. 14):

It was devised by Freda Sattler and not by John Bayly.

Miss Gibson's Strathspey (Leaflet Book):

Bars 17-24 should end ' finish in the middle of the set, facing opposite sides.'

The Compleat Gardener (Third Graded Book):

Amendment to the diagram, please click Here.

The Colonel (Leaflet Book):

Bars 25-26 should read '...pass by the right to face first corners.'

Cuillins of Skye (Leaflet Book):

At the end of bar 20, 1st couple finish in second place on own sides.


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