Perth City Charter

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Music: St John's Toun


A 32 bar jig for 3 couples in a 4-couple set

1-8 1st and 2nd couples dance rights and lefts.
9-16 1st couple, giving right hands, cross over and cast off one place then, giving right hands, turn one and a half times to second place on own sides.
17-24 1st couple dance a figure of eight around 3rd couple, crossing down to begin.
25-28 2nd and 1st couples dance four hands once round to the left.
29-32 1st and 3rd couples dance four hands once round to the right.

Repeat, having passed a couple.

Bars 1-8 represent the old city walls of Perth; the next eight bars represent the ribbon tied around the charter; and the last 16 bars represent the number 800.

Dance devised January 2010 by Helen Beaney to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the granting of the Royal Burgh Charter to Perth by King William the Lion. It is an octocentenary gift to the children of Oakbank SCD Club in Perth, who were the first to dance it all the way through, and their teacher Marilyn Healy.

The tune, St John's Toun, was composed by John Barnes.

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