A Social History of Scottish Dance' (subtitled Ane Celestial Revolution) by George S. Emmerson (McGill Queen's University Press, 1972, ISBN0-7735-0087-1) covers the history of Scottish dancing from its origins in the Middle Ages to modern times.


  • Chapter 1: Beginnings of European and British Dance
  • Chapter 2: Dance in Medieval and Renaissance Scotland
  • Chapter 3: At the Renaissance Scottish Court
  • Chapter 4: The Scottish Court in England
  • Chapter 5: The Seventeenth Centruy and Scottish Dance
  • Chapter 6: The Century of Scotland's Most Various Life
  • Chapter 7: Scottish Dancing on the Eighteenth-Century Stage
  • Chapter 8: Dancing in the Countryside
  • Chapter 9: Dawn of a New Age. The coming of the Indurstria Age saw the decline of the landed aristocracy and, with that new social and political forms. This change was reflected in dance, with the gradual passing of the Minuet and the introduction and eventual spread of dances such as the Quadrille, Waltz, and Polka. The Quadrille was a group formation dance, consisting of four (hence the quad part of the name) couples. Originally consisting of complex and itechnical movements and steps, it would devolve into a dance where the participants walked through the patterns.
  • Chapter 10: Scottish Dance Tradition
  • Chapter 11: The Scotch Reel
  • Chapter 12: The Familiar High Dances
  • Chapter 13: The Jig
  • Chapter 14: The Hornpipe
  • Chapter 15: Folk Dances and Reels of the Highlands and Isles
  • Chapter 16: Dramatic Folk Jigs of the Highlands and Isles
  • Chapter 17: From Highlands to Lowlands - the Highland Games
  • Chapter 18: Taste and Style in Scottish Social Dancing
  • Chapter 19: The Country Dance
  • Chapter 20: The Scottish Country Dance
  • Chapter 21: Technique of the Country Dance
  • Chapter 22: Apotheosis of the Scottish Country Dance