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BUCHAN’S COUNTRY   (S3x48) Alex Gray T weeddale Collection 4   1- 8 1s   cross   RH,   1L+2M   turn   1½   LH   while   1M+2L   turn   1½   RH,   1L+3M change places RH while 1M+3L change places LH  9-16 3s+1s    dance   The    Swirl    (i.e.    turn    RH    into   Allemande    hold,    facing down/up,   dance   around   each   other   passing   LSh,   dance   LH   across),   3s finish   by   dancing   out   to   own   places,   1s   dance   in   pulling   LSh   back   to end facing 1 st  corners) 17-24 1s   dance   track   of   reel   of   4   with   1 st    corners   while   1 st    corners   dance “½ turn & twirl” twice, 1s pass LSh to face 2 nd  corners 25-32 1s   repeat   with   2 nd    corners,   1s   finishing   NHJ   in   middle   facing   up,   1L   on 1M's right 33-36 1s dance up to top & cast off 2 places, 3s step up on 35-36 37-40 All set & turn partner RH, melting into … 41-48 All circle 6H round & back  2 3 1
Devised   by   Alex   Gray   in   November   2005,   the   title   reflects   John   Buchan’s   close   association   with   Tweeddale, particularly the parishes in Upper Tweeddale. John   Buchan,   1 st    Baron   Tweedsmuir   GCMG   GCVO   CH   PC   (26   August   1875   –   11   February   1940)   was   a   Scottish novelist,   historian   and   Unionist   politician   who   served   as   Governor   General   of   Canada.   Born   in   Perth,   brought   up   in Kirkcaldy,   he   spent   many   summers   with   his   maternal   grandparents   in   Broughton,   Tweeddale.   During   his   early political   and   diplomatic   careers,   he   became   editor   of   The   Spectator,   wrote   propaganda   for   the   British   war   effort during    WWI,    wrote   The   Thirty-Nine    Steps    and    many    other    adventure    novels    and    thrillers,    served    as    a    2 nd   lieutenant   in   the   Intelligence   Corps   writing   speeches   for   Sir   Douglas   Haig   and   was   then   appointed   as   the   Director of Information in 1917. Politically,   Buchan   was   of   the   Unionist-Nationalist   tradition,   and   was   adopted   as   Unionist   candidate   in   March   1911 for   the   Borders   seat   of   Peebles   and   Selkirk;   he   supported   free   trade,   women's   suffrage,   national   insurance,   and curtailing   the   powers   of   the   House   of   Lords,   while   opposing   the   welfare   reforms   of   the   Liberal   Party,   and   what   he considered   the   class   hatred   fostered   by   Liberal   politicians   such   as   David   Lloyd   George.      In   a   1927   by-election, Buchan   was   elected   as   the   Unionist   Party   MP   for   the   Combined   Scottish   Universities.   He   believed   in   Scotland's promotion   as   a   nation   within   the   British   Empire   and   remarked   in   a   speech   to   parliament:   "I   believe   every Scotsman   should   be   a   Scottish   nationalist.   If   it   could   be   proved   that   a   Scottish   parliament   were   desirable   ... Scotsmen   should   support   it."   The   effects   of   the   Great   Depression   in   Scotland,   and   the   subsequent   high   emigration from   that   country,   also   led   him   to   reflect   in   the   same   speech:   "We   do   not   want   to   be   like   the   Greeks,   powerful and   prosperous   wherever   we   settle,   but   with   a   dead   Greece   behind   us".   Buchan   was   elevated   to   the   peerage   by King George V in 1935 and appointed Canada’s Governor General in the same year. Buchan's   100   literary   works   include   nearly   30   novels,   7   collections   of   short   stories,   and   biographies   of   Sir   Walter Scott,   Caesar   Augustus,   and   Oliver   Cromwell.   Buchan   was   awarded   the   James   Tait   Black   Memorial   Prize   for   his biography   of   the   Marquess   of   Montrose,   but   the   most   famous   of   his   books   were   the   spy   thrillers,   and   it   is   for   these that   he   is   now   best   remembered.   The   "last   Buchan"   (as   Graham   Greene   entitled   his   appreciative   review)   was   the 1941   novel   Sick   Heart   River   (American   title:   Mountain   Meadow),   in   which   a   dying   protagonist   confronts   the questions   of   the   meaning   of   life   in   the   Canadian   wilderness. The   insightful   quotation,   "It's   a   great   life,   if   you   don't weaken,"   is   famously   attributed   to   Buchan,   as   is,   "No   great   cause   is   ever   lost   or   won,   The   battle   must   always   be renewed, And the creed must always be restated." John   Norman   Stuart   Buchan,   2 nd    Baron   Tweedsmuir   CBE,   CD,   FRSE,   FRSA   (25   November   1911   –   20   June   1996), commonly   called   Johnnie   Buchan,   was   the   first   son   of   the   novelist   John   Buchan,   1 st    Baron   Tweedsmuir.   He   was   a colonial   administrator   and   naturalist,   but   also   a   true-life   adventurer.   He   has   been   described   as   a   "brilliant fisherman   and   naturalist,   a   gallant   soldier   and   fine   writer   of   English,   an   explorer,   colonial   administrator   and   man of business." He and his first wife Priscilla jointly created the Protection of Birds Act 1954.