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HARRY HURCHEON, n.comb. Also harie hutcheon (n.Sc. 1808 Jam.). A n.Sc. name for the dance Curcuddie, q.v. Cf. Hirtch, v., 2. n.Sc. 1847  R. Chambers Pop. Rhymes 274–5:
This [Curcuddie] is a grotesque kind of dance, performed in a shortened posture, sitting on one's hams, with arms akimbo, the dancers forming a circle of independent figures. . . . The game is called Harry Hurcheon in the north of Scotland.

[The second element may orig. be vbl.n. from Hirtch, v., 2, confused in form with Hurcheon, and the prop. name Hutcheon. For Harry in games-names cf. Harry Purcan and Blind Harry, s.v. Blin, adj., 4.]

Harry hurcheon n. comb.

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