I can't add much to what Richard has written except to note that, in her
visits to Ottawa, Miss M. frequently made mention of trying to bring
back the dancing the way it used to be done in Scotland, and of querying
older dancers, including her mother, on how the steps and formations
used to be done. This may confirm Richard's theory of her learning
country dancing when she went to England.
Richard Goss wrote:
>Miss M, in her professional life was a physical education teacher, trained at Bedford College in England. Eventually she became an instructor of physical education at Jordanhill, a teacher´s training college, which is how she met Mrs Stewart through Paterson´s publications, and we were off. > >I am aware of the story that Mrs M learned her country dancing in Scotland (references to her mother and Dancie Reid, etc. abound). Unfortunately there is no evidence that this was true. My theory is that she picked up her country dancing in Bedford College in England, which was heavily enfluenced by C# and the EFDSS, and consciously or subconsciously got the idea of doing the same thing in Scotland. This is primarily based on seveal facts. > >