Mary Branigan


Scottish Country Dance
Scottish Country Dance

Mary Branigan - NO PHOTO


Mary Branigan Nixon was a Scottisch Country Dance teacher from Canada. She received her certificate from the San Francisco branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS).

She married Archie Nixon who, with Mary, was one of the teachers of the Winnipeg Branch of the RSCDS. The Branch dancers knew her as Mary Nixon and say that Mary was one of the finest Teachers of Scottish Country Dancing in Canada and that they were so fortunate to have her as a teacher in Winnipeg.

In January of 1964, Bob Campbell of Oakville, Ontario, Canada, devised a dance called "The Golden Ring" (a 32 bar Strasthspey for four couples) to honor Mary Branigan and Archie Nixon who were soon to be married (which she did!).

A booklet of Four SCD in Memory of Mary [Branigan] Nixon was created by the Winnepeg Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS) that included Mary Branigan's Delight, Mistress Mary, Mary Branigan Nixon, and Mary's Strasthspey.

Dances Mary taught included The Buchan Eightsome Reel, The Camp of Pleasure, Cauld Kail in Aberdeen, Flowers of Edinburgh, Grant's Reel, The Hamilton Rant, The Lea Rig, Leith Country Dance, The Machine without Horses, The Montgomerie's Rant, Mrs. Grant's Fancy, None So Pretty, Quiet and Snug, Tartan Plaidie, and Village Reel.