A Scottish solo dance in several versions.
The first is a hard shoe dance from South Uist originating from the dancing master Ewan MacLachlan.
It is known to have been taught by Archie MacPherson. However his pupil,John MacLeod one of the main sources for information on Hebridean dances did not learn its as he felt it was too difficult. All that is known is that it involved “a double treble done simultaneously off both feet and a sep in which the dancer dropeed on one knee”.
The dance was also in the repertoire of William Adamson of Kingskettle in Fife, although nothing more is known.
A version of the Flowers of Edinburgh known in Cape Breton Island, Canada, as Dannsa nan Flurs, was noted down by Frank Rhodes in April 1957. His description in a letter to Tom Flett can be found here. The dance is published in Flett, J.F. & T.M., Traditional Step Dancing in Scotland, Edinburgh: Scottish Cultural Press. 1996, 207-211.