Solo step dance recorded from oral tradition in several parts of Scotland.
The dance as performed on South Uist was originally taught by Ewan MacLachlan in the mid-nineteenth century
The most complete notation for the dance was obtained from
John MacLeod who had learned the dance from Archie MacPherson and was able to demonstrate 7 steps – see from an interview by Tom Flett with John MacLeod on 12/4/1953. and a notation by Tom Flett marked Eochar 1953 and what appears to be a draft of the same.
Further steps were collected from:
Harriet MacDonald and her mother – six steps – a version of the dance from interviews by Tom Flett in September 1954 marked “Harriet and Mrs MacDonald” and a collated version of the dame date.
Cissie MacDonald – brief notes of two steps – from Tom Flett ‘s notes September 1954 marked “Cissie MacD”.
Angus O’Henley who had learned the steps by watching other dancers -one step – see an interview by Frank Rhodes with Angus O’Henley on 11/7/1956.
Donald Walker (under the name Scotch Blue Bonnets) who had learned from Donald (Roidein) MacDonald – 5 steps – see an interview by Frank Rhodes with Donald Walker on 7/7/1956.
Descriptions of both versions are published in Flett, J.F. & T.M., Traditional Step Dancing in Scotland, Edinburgh: Scottish Cultural Press. 1996, 77-82, 131-134.