Thread Index

Mary Erskine X 2...the dance named for which one by Roy Goldring?

Previous Thread Next Thread Unindented

  • ...

    Volleyballjerry Sept. 13, 2012, 10:41 p.m. (Message 63106)

    Does anyone happen to know definitively for which of two historic Mary  
    Erskines Roy Goldring's dance (R 32, Fifteen Social Dances #8) Mary  Erskine is 
    A.  Lady Mary Erskine Countess Marischal, born c. 1597 (the subject of  
    George Jamesone's 1626 portrait of Mary Erskine in the National Galleries  of 
    ~ or ~
    B.  Mary Erskine (1629-1708), born and raised in  Edinburgh, Scottish 
    entrepreneur and philanthropist (after being twice  widowed) who founded a school 
    for girls which was eventually renamed for  her as benefactress and still 
    exists as the Mary Erskine School in the  Ravelston area of Edinburgh.
    Robb Quint
    Thousand Oaks, CA, USA
  • ...

    Chris Ronald Sept. 13, 2012, 10:49 p.m. (Message 63107, in reply to message 63106)

    Hi Robb,
    Most likely the answer is B.  Roy Goldring explains that the dance was
    written "to celebrate the tercentenary of Mary Erskine School" in 1994.
    That would mean it was founded in 1694, which fits with the dates you
    Roy chose a super tune to go with the dance: Shuter's Hornpipe.
    Chris, New York.

Previous Thread Next Thread