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Scotland The Brave

An Unofficial National Anthem Of Scotland

Scotland The Brave is a Scottish song. The lyrics commonly used now were written about 1950 by Scottish journalist Clifford Leonard Clark "Cliff" Hanley for singer Robert Wilson as part of an arrangement by Marion McClurg.

Another set of lyrics also often heard were sung by Canadian singer John Charles McDermott; they are closely based on the poem "Let Italy Boast" by James Hyslop, which was first published in 1821 in "The Edinburgh Magazine".

Scotland the Brave is also the authorised pipe band march of the British Columbia Dragoons of the Canadian Armed Forces, and also is played during the Pass in Review at Friday parades at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, and the Virginia Military Institute. In 2006, it was adopted as the regimental quick march of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Scotland the Brave was played before matches involving the Scotland national football team at the 1982, 1986, and 1990 FIFA World Cups. Flower of Scotland was subsequently adopted by Scotland for use at FIFA-sponsored events, after its usage by the Scottish rugby union team.

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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Scotland The Brave By Cliff Hanley

Hark when the night is falling
Hear! Hear the pipes are calling,
Loudly and proudly calling
Down thro' the glen.
There where the hills are sleeping,
Now feel the blood a-leaping,
High as the spirits
Of the old Highland men.

Towering in gallant fame,
Scotland my mountain hame,
High may your proud standards
Gloriously wave!
Land of my high endeavour,
Land of the shining river,
Land of my heart for ever,
Scotland the brave.

High in the misty Highlands,
Out by the purple islands,
Brave are the hearts that beat
Beneath Scottish skies.
Wild are the winds to meet you,
Staunch are the friends that greet you,
Kind as the love that shines
From fair maidens' eyes.

Far off in sunlit places,
Sad are the Scottish faces,
Yearning to feel the kiss
Of sweet Scottish rain.
Where tropic skies are beaming,
Love sets the heart a-dreaming,
Longing and dreaming
For the homeland again.

Scotland The Brave Song Video

Scotland The Brave Song - Information Video
Scotland The Brave wood carving, Winter Gardens, Scotland
Scotland The Brave
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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Text from this original National Anthem Of Scotland article on Wikipedia.
Image copyright (cropped) Colin Smith under this Creative Commons Licence 2.0.

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