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John Sturrock

Message 18220 · 14 Aug 1999 13:53:28 · Variable-width font · Whole thread

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Ron Mackey wrote from London regarding The Robertson Rant : -

" "
The dance was devised by Mrs Douglas Winchester (Maidie Logie
Robertson) in Feb. 1949 and published for two (old) shillings, with
music, by Rae, MacIntosh & Co., Ltd. of Edinburgh with the music
Struan Robertson's Rant Traditional
Major Hamish Robertson Iain Robertson
Caerketton Iain Robertson
Maidie Logie Robertson Iain Robertson

I believe Caerketton is (or was) the family home but I don't know
where and I am wide open to correction.

I have occasionally danced it to other music but to my mind it
doesn't sound right or dance well without the superb 'Highland' style
drive of the originals. " "

Ron may very well be correct in saying that Caerketton was the family home,
but the name had other connections for the composer, Iain Robertson, at the
time. He was then Choir Master cum Art Master cum Dancing Master at
Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh. The most beautifully named of the
Pentland Hills visible from the school is Caerketton. The school Rugby
Song, which dates from the same time, contains the lines : -

' but give to me a cold north day,
   with cloud upon Caerketton '.

The school was divided into four groups for competition purposes, one being
named Caerketton.

Iain may still occasionally be found on a London dance floor - he has
attended recent Cairngorm Balls - so the matter might be cleared up. As
this dance, and its music, immediately preceded the Golden Age (1950-55),
it has a place in the evolution of Scottish Country Dancing.

John Sturrock
Dundee/Cambridge

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