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Taught/practised on: 2015 September 27th October 4th
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 1st corners  9-12 1s set to 1st corners, dance RSh around each other to face 2nd corners 13-16 1s+2nd corners dance ½ reel of 4, 1s pass RSh to face 4th corners (2nd  corner person) 17-20 1s set to 4th corners, dance RSh around each other to face 1st corners 21-24 1s+1st corners dance ½ reel of 4, 1s pass RSh to face out in 2nd place own sides 25-28 “Dragon Chains” - 1s cast left as 2nd corners cross RH, 1s ½ turn 2nd  corner LH (M-M, L-L) 29-32 1s cast right as 1st corners cross LH, 1s ½ turn 1st 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.
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