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TITLE
Dancing the 'Gille Callum'
EXTERNAL ID
PC_BOBDOBSON_001
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF IMAGE
1903
PERIOD
1900s
CREATOR
Sir Benjamin Stone
SOURCE
Bob Dobson
ASSET ID
21971
KEYWORDS
Highland Dancing
competitions
Highland Games
dancers
sword dances
Dancing the 'Gille Callum'

'Gille Callum' (or Gille Chaluim) is the name of the tune most commonly used for the Sword Dance and the name is also used to refer to the dance itself. The dance is performed over two crossed sword blades and is said to represent a jubilant warrior dancing over his own sword and that of his vanquished foe. Legend has it that the dance was first performed to celebrate Malcolm Canmore's victory over MacBeth's forces at Dunsinane.

The Sword Dance is one of the dances performed at a Scottish Highland Dancing competition.

This photograph of Andrew MacDonald was taken by Sir Benjamin Stone in 1903.

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Dancing the 'Gille Callum'

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

1900s

Highland Dancing; competitions; Highland Games; dancers; sword dances

Bob Dobson

'Gille Callum' (or Gille Chaluim) is the name of the tune most commonly used for the Sword Dance and the name is also used to refer to the dance itself. The dance is performed over two crossed sword blades and is said to represent a jubilant warrior dancing over his own sword and that of his vanquished foe. Legend has it that the dance was first performed to celebrate Malcolm Canmore's victory over MacBeth's forces at Dunsinane.<br /> <br /> The Sword Dance is one of the dances performed at a Scottish Highland Dancing competition.<br /> <br /> This photograph of Andrew MacDonald was taken by Sir Benjamin Stone in 1903.