I devised a dance called "The Gentleman In Black Velvet" after reading an article about the same event published in the Scots Magazine a few years ago.
Unfortunately, the instructions are not available in an emailable form, but, I am considering publishing it sometime next year.
"XXXX9@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx" <XXXX9@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx> wrote:
I have a friend whose "nom-de-net" is "mole". The other day she sent a
message in German what was similar to the name of our dance the
Mouldiwart. I mentioned the country dance and how many were named after
their tunes, many of which themselves were named after the poems set to
This is the very mole who raised the hillock over which the horse of
King William III stumbled, causing its rider's death and giving rise to
the secret Jacobite toast, "To the little gentleman in black velvet".
Unearthed, literally, by a Stuart sympathiser at court, he was taken to
Scotland as a living talisman to rally supporters to the Cause, and
kept alive by means of witchcraft of the Macbeth variety, which also,
unintentionally, endowed him with the power of speech. After the rout
and massacre of Culloden, the Cause collapsed and the mole, now surplus
to requirements, escaped and commenced the only journey in the world
that he knew how to make - the way home. "
Which I thought might make an interesting story with which to
accompany our dance.