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Flower Of Scotland

Unofficial National Anthem Of Scotland

Flower Of Scotland is a Scottish song composed in the mid-1960s by Roy Williamson of the folk group The Corries, frequently performed at special occasions and sporting events as an unofficial national anthem of Scotland.

The song was first heard publicly in a 1967 BBC television series.

The words refer to the victory of the Scots, led by Robert the Bruce, over Edward II of England at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.

There is no 'official' Scottish national anthem, however in 2004, lawyers for the devolved Scottish Parliament advised that it was within the legal competence of the Scottish Parliament to choose a national anthem for Scotland. To date (2020) no official action has been taken, as the issue of a national anthem is not considered to be a political priority.

In June 2006 the Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted an online opinion poll on their website, asking visitors to choose a favourite to be Scotland's national anthem. With over 10,000 votes cast, Flower of Scotland came first with 41% of the votes, followed by Scotland the Brave with 29%, Highland Cathedral 16%, A Man's A Man for A' That 7% and Scots Wha Hae with 6%.


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Flower Of Scotland

O flower of Scotland
When will we see your like again
That fought and died for
Your wee bit hill and glen
And stood against him
Proud Edward's army
And sent him homeward
Tae think again

The hills are bare now
And autumn leaves lie thick and still
O'er land that is lost now
Which those so dearly held
And stood against him
Proud Edward's army
And sent him homeward
Tae think again

Those days are passed now
And in the past they must remain
But we can still rise now
And be the nation again
That stood against him
Proud Edward's army
And sent him homeward
Tae think again

(optionally, repeat the first verse)


Flower Of Scotland Song Video

Flower Of Scotland Song - Information Video
Flower Of Scotland wood carving, Winter Gardens, Scotland
Flower Of Scotland
Amusing Wooden Carving In The Winter Gardens, Duthie Park, Aberdeen.
These Two Caricatures Date Back To 1974 When Scotland's National Football Team Played At The World Cup Finals In West Germany


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