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Archive Film

Archive film footage of Bondagers dancing, recorded in the 1930s
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There are many comments mentioning dancing at the end of the row. Someone, or more often a number of people, living in the farm row would be able to play a musical instrument and they would play for this impromptu dancing.

In the 1930s Ion Jamieson, an estate factor, taught Scottish country dancing at Langshaws which is between Galashiels and Lauder. He collected old dances and trained a dancing team of local people.

In 1935 the team were filmed rehearsing before they travelled to London to dance at the international festival in the Royal Albert Hall.

'Mrs Riddell (nee Easton), who was a farmworker in Lauder in 1935, recalled her trip to London. "I don’t really know why I was picked to dance for my country, but the folk of London must have wondered what was happening when we travelled through the city in an open-topped bus in our bondager costumes. I mind being awful tired when we got back to Lauder."' (Southern Reporter – August 10th 2000)

The film was rediscovered after research by the Scottish Traditions of Dance Trust and is kept in the Archives of the School of Scottish Studies. Any questions about this film and copyright must be directed to the School of Scottish Studies in Edinburgh.

This is an extract from the film made by Ion Jamieson in 1935. It is considered to be the earliest filmed record of traditional Scottish dancing.