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Taught/practised on: 2012 September 2 nd
RACHAN MILL (J4x32) 3s & 4s on opposite sides Alex Gray  Tweeddale Collection 1  1- 8 1s & 4s petronella turn & set, turn partners RH into prom hold facing 2M/3M (2s & 3s having stepped up/down)  9-16 1s+4s dance ½ RSh diagonal reel of 4 with 2M/3M & end facing other couple, 1s+4s set & turn other partner RH to face 2L/3L 17-24 1s+4s dance ½ RSh diagonal reel of 4 with 2L/3L & end on sides in order 3 4(1)(2), 1s+4s dance ½ R&L to end 3 1(4)(2) 25-32 All set forming a circle, cast (2 PdB) & chase clockwise ½ way 2 4(1)(3)
Rachan Mill, 5 miles southeast of Biggar, in the Scottish Borders, is a small group of houses on the junction of the Edinburgh to Dumfries road with the B712, which runs northeast beside the River Tweed past Drumelzier and Stobo. Rachan Mill originally grew up around a corn mill, powered by the Holms Water, which runs through the settlement, to join the River Tweed. To the southeast, is the beautiful Rachan Hill and to the northwest, Whitslade Hill. Rachan House, a well-known Georgian mansion, much altered in Victorian times, once stood northeast of the settlement, on the road to Drumelzier, but was demolished in 1965. A large block of local whinstone in one the gardens of the settlement, about 3½ feet in size, known as the Piper's Stone, has several legends attached to it, all variants on the theme of Bertram the Cobbler who is said to have played the pipes so well when the king passed by, that he was granted land.