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Who   is   the   mysterious   Whuppity   Stoorie?   Meet   the   Scottish   Rumpelstiltskin   in   this   international   fairy   tale.   A version   of   Rumpelstiltskin   was   collected   and   published   in   Germany   by   the   Brothers   Grimm   in   the   early   19 th   century. In England we find Tom Tit Tot, while in Wales there is Gwarwyn-a-throt. Thought   to   be   from   whippert    or   whippet ,   a   small   nimble   person,   and   scour    or   stour    meaning   flying   in   a   whirl   of dust. Once   upon   a   time   in   Kittlerumpit,   a   Goodwife's   husband   went   to   the   fair   and   never   returned;   she   was   left   alone with   her   baby   son   and   owning   only   a   big   sow.   The   sow   was   about   to   farrow,   and   she   hoped   for   a   good   litter,   but one   day   she   went   to   the   pen   to   find   the   sow   dying.   She   was   distraught,   and   a   fairy   woman   asked   what   she   would give   her   if   she   helped   the   sow.   The   woman   promised   her   anything   she   liked.   She   saved   the   sow   and   demanded the   baby.   Though   she   would   not   listen   to   any   pleas,   she   did   tell   the   woman   that   under   the   fairy   laws,   she   had   to wait   three   days,   and   the   woman   could   stop   her   by   telling   her   her   name.   The   woman   was   distraught   the   first   day, but   the   second,   she   went   for   a   walk,   and   in   the   forest,   she   found   a   quarry   where   the   fairy   is   spinning   and   singing that her name is Whuppity Stoorie. When   the   fairy   came   the   next   day,   the   woman   pled   with   her   to   take   the   sow,   and   then   to   take   herself.   The   fairy scorned   her,   asking   what   she   would   want   with   such   a   woman,   and   the   woman   said   she   knows   she   is   unworthy   to tie the shoestrings for Whuppity Stoorie. The fairy woman went screeching away. Not   to   be   confused   with   Whippetty   Scourie   Day   which   is   an   ancient   custom   honoured   only   in   Lanark. The   origin   of the   custom   is   unknown,   but   is   generally   supposed   to   herald   in   the   entrance   of   spring.   From   the   months   of October   to   February   the   town   bell   in   the   steeple   is   not   tolled   at   six   o'clock   in   the   evening,   but   during   the   other months   it   rings   at   that   hour   daily.   On   the   first   day   of   March,   when   the   bell   is   rung   for   the   first   time   after   its   five months'   silence,   the   boys   of   the   town   congregate   at   the   Cross   with   a   bonnet   to   which   a   piece   of   string   is attached,   and   so   soon   as   the   peal   of   the   bell   rings   out,   the   parish   church   is   walked   round   three   times,   and thereafter   a   dash   is   made   to   meet   the   boys   of   New   Lanark.   On   their   meeting   there   is   a   stand-up   fight,   the weapons used being the stringed bonnets.
Taught/practised on: 2015 July 26 th
WHIPPETY STOURIE  (R8x32)  Barry Priddey  Sutton Coldfield Book  1- 8 1s   cross   RH,   cast   1   place,   1L   dances   up   between   2s   &   casts   round   2L to   face   2M    while   1M   dances   between   3s   &   casts   up   round   3M   to   face 3L  9-16 1s   turn   1 st    corners   RH,   turn   partner   LH   into   ½   diagonal   reel   of   4   with 2 nd  corners (1s end facing 4 th  corner - 2 nd  corners persons) 17-24 1s   turn   4 th    corners   RH,   turn   partner   LH   into   ½   reel   of   4   with   1 st   corner   (1s   end   in   lines   across   -   1L   between   3s   in   1 st    place   &   1M between 2s) 25-32 3s+1s+2s   set,   1s   ¾   turn   RH   to   opposite   sides    while   3s+2s   change places RH on sides, 2s+1s+3s set & change places with partner RH