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Above and below,...
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...beautiful beaches of Benbecula
Bill Forbes's strathspey Leaving Benbecula has
had no video, but lo and behold! a new one just
appeared posted to YouTube only last Friday!
And here 'tis danced by folks from Chard, a substantial
town of 14,300 in England's Somerset, at the Chardstock
Community Hall just across the county border in Devon,
a village of about 800, merely three miles to the SSW
of Chard as the West Country crow flies, four to drive:
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The "pickup" grand chain here you'll find similar to
the "snowball" grand chain (e.g. in MacDonald of the
Isles) except that the crossing begins at both ends.
(cues from E-cribs)
Leaving Benbecula4/4L · S32
1c+2c & 3c+4c ½ RHA. 1W & 4M face out | 1W dance RSh round 2W to midline facing down while{2} 4M dance RSh round 3M to midline facing up while{2} 1M+4W turn BH pulling RSh back to finish BtoB facing P on midline ; 1c+4c ½ Reel4 on midline, ending in diamond formation 4c with 2c and 1c with 3c
All set | Petronella turn ; 2c+3c ½ Reel4 on midline, ending into diamond formation 3c with 4c and 2c with 1c
All set | Petronella turn ; 1c & 4c turn P RH ¾ to sides (to 3x,4x,1x,2x) | all set
4C Pick-up Grand Chain, 2 bars per hand, 3c & 2c crossing RH to start (2,4,1,3)
(Keith Rose diagram)
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Bill Forbes (1921-2016) named this dance for someone who had lived on Benbecula for several years, not so specified but one might guess upon the occasion of her ultimately leaving the island*.  It was published in his own «Craigievar Book» (the first of ultimately five so named).
*(Another strathspey, Lewis Derrick's Bonnie Benbecula, is dedicated this time to the memory of the same person, Sheila Jupp, and indicates that she spent her childhood on this island.)
Benbecula (pron. ben-BEK-yoo-l' ) is located in the southern Outer Hebrides, which are largely bridged together by several causeways across narrow and shallow straits.  To the north of all of these islands is Lewis & Harris, one single very large island (largest in the British Isles after Great Britain and Ireland), and the Sound of Harris, being too wide for a practical causeway, is crossed by a one-hour ferry northward from Berneray....
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...Benbecula (see the map just above) is located rather palindromically right in the middle of the several bridged southern Outer Hebrides isles, connected north to south by causeways (here's the palindrome) from tiny Berneray to large North Uist to small-but-not-tiny Benbecula to large South Uist to tiny Eriskay.  The only other major island farther south is Barra, once again too far away for a causeway and connected northward by a forty-minute ferry across the Sound of Barra to Eriskay.
Anyone who is "leaving Benbecula" is not doing so by ferry.  To get from there to anywhere beyond the southern Outer Hebrides, one needs to first take a causeway to another island.  Of the three ferries between the Outer Hebrides and the Scottish mainland and the two between there and Skye (essentially the same since 1995 with Skye bridged to the mainland) none of them docks at Benbecula.  Benbecula does though have a small commercial airport, so one can fly directly between there and Glasgow or Stornoway on Lewis via Loganair....
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Loganair at Benbecula way to leave
...Benbecula encompasses about 31½ square miles and has a reasonable population for its size of about 1,300; its largest settlement is Balivanich, a village of about 500 on its northwest coast.  It is fairly level, its highest point being merely at 407 feet...which makes it somewhat odd that its name begins with the prefix Ben-, from the Gaelic beinn (as indeed the island's Gaelic name does begin), meaning "mountain"; it is thought however that it was at some point centuries ago mistranscribed from something entirely different.  The earliest extant record of Benbecula from 1449 gives it as Beanbeacla.  Though alas decreasing every decade, 56% of the islanders are still currently native speakers of Gaelic.
In 1746 Bonnie Prince Charlie's ship was forced by a storm to land on Benbecula, and pro-Jacobite islanders delivered him safely, as the song goes, "over the sea to Skye" (which happens to be the Outlander theme song).  Another strathspey with a similar name is Deirdre Bark's Farewell to Benbecula, devised for someone whose ancestors had been "cleared" from Benbecula in the 1840s and had emigrated to North America.  And the well-known Ann Dix strathspey Culla Bay (from Book 41) names a geographic feature of Benbecula.
Benbecula's Culla Bay:
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