By George S. Emmerson
Curiously, the Scottish Country Dance we know today had its early beginnings in the English countryside of the 16th century. This volume traces the evolution of the Country Dance in Scotland where, initially, it enjoyed the patronage of the aristocracy and gentry but found its full expression and character as it was energized by the musical and dancing traditions of the common folk. Colourful contributions were also made to its history and development by the dancing masters, assembly halls, bridals, fairs and celebrations of the agricultural calendar. As the book reveals, the passage through which the Country Dance became an integral part of the Scottish cultural heritage saw a near extinction, rescue and ultimate triumph in the 20th century during which it gained a world-wide recognition and following of enthusiasts.