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Taught/practised on: 2015 September 27 th October 4 th
THE DUNDEE DRAGON  (R8x32)  Bill Forbes  Craigievar Book 5  1- 8 1s   cross   RH,   cast   off   as   2s   step   up,   dance   ½   fig.   of   8   through   3s to face 1 st  corners   9-12 1s set to 1 st  corners, dance RSh around each other to face 2 nd  corners 13-16 1s+2 nd    corners   dance   ½   reel   of   4,   1s   pass   RSh   to   face   4 th    corners (2 nd  corner person) 17-20 1s set to 4 th  corners, dance RSh around each other to face 1 st  corners 21-24 1s+1 st    corners   dance   ½   reel   of   4,   1s   pass   RSh   to   face   out   in   2 nd    place own sides 25-28 “Dragon   Chains”   -   1s   cast   left   as   2 nd    corners   cross   RH,   1s   ½   turn 2 nd  corner LH (M-M, L-L) 29-32 1s cast right as 1 st  corners cross LH, 1s ½ turn 1 st  corner RH (M-M, L-L)
The dance was devised for Clare Davitt who is obsessed with dragons. The “Dundee Dragon”, also known as “Martin’s Stone” is north of Dundee towards Craigowl Hill. The sculptured stone can be seen in a field surrounded by an iron fence (hence bars 11-12/19-20). Once upon a time, in the Parish of Strathmartin near Dundee, a farmer was thirsty, so he sent one of his daughters to fetch him a drink of water from the well. When after a while the daughter did not return, he sent a second and, some time after that, he sent a third. This carried on until he sent the last of his nine daughters to find out what had happened to her sisters. Her screams had been heard by her lover, Martin, the son of a local blacksmith, who went along to find that all nine sisters had been killed by a dragon. After a long struggle Martin killed the dragon with his hammer. Just by coincidence, Clare’s husband is named Martin! Dundee City Council commissioned a bronze statue of their famous dragon. The original concept for this sculpture was by Alistair Smart, but sadly he died before the commission was issued, so, at the request of his family, the commission was given to Tony Morrow, a former student of Alistair's, who developed the design and completed it in 1993.