The Yule Days – Day 12 – ‘Three maids a-merry dancing’
The king sent his lady on the twelfth Yule day,
Three maids a-merry dancing,
Three hinds a-merry hunting, an Arabian baboon,
Three swans a-merry swimming,
Three ducks a-merry laying, a bull that was brown,
Three goldspinks, three starlings,
A goose that was gray,
Three plovers, three partridges, a papingo-aye;
Wha learns my carol and carries it away?
From the George Cowie Photographic Collection.
This Royal Scottish Country Dance Society event was held in the Younger Hall in July 1956. The Society has traditionally hosted annual summer schools in University Hall, and the dancing has taken place on the sprung floor of the Younger Hall which is the University graduation hall, opened in 1929. It was fully refurbished recently.
University Hall is the first residence for women students in Scotland. First opened in 1896, the residence was partially funded from the funds created through the LLA distance learning qualification offered to women since 1877. Women were admitted to full-time study at the University in 1892.