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Taught/practised on:
2011 January 23 rd 2012 May 27 th
MAIRI'S WEDDING (R8x40) James B Cosh 22 SCDs+2 1- 8 1s turn RH, cast to 2 nd  place & turn LH to face 1 st  corners 9-16 1s dance ½ diagonal reel of 4 with 1 st  corners & ½ diagonal reel with 2 nd  corners 17-24 1s dance ½ diagonal reel with 3 rd  corner (position) & ½ diagonal reel with 4 th  corner (position) 25-32 1s dance reel of 3 across (Lady with 2s, Man with 3s - LSh to 1 st corner) 33-40 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round & back Dance notes: 9-24 Between each ½ diagonal reel of 4, James Cosh was explicit that the dancing couple pass by the Left shoulder. In social dancing, it is common practice to pass by the Right shoulder. The important point is to ensure that the couple themselves have agreed which shoulder to use!
Mairi's Wedding (also known as the Lewis Bridal Song or Mairi Bhan) is a Scottish folk song originally written in Gaelic by Johnny Bannerman for Mary McNiven. Written using a traditional Scottish tune, it was first played for Mary in 1935 at the Old Highlanders’ Institute in Glasgow's Elmbank Street. Hugh S. Robertson translated the Gaelic version into English in 1936 and this dance was devised in 1959. The erroneous variant of passing RSh is sometimes nicknamed “Mairi’s Divorce”.