The Flower of Scotland
Words and music by Roy Williamson, (1937-1990)
  • Written in 1960, these words set to music have now been adopted by the Scottish Rugby Union
  • and the Scottish Football Association as Scotland's unofficial national anthem.
  • Click to hear Williamson's music.
  • The words refer to Robert the Bruce's victory over Edward II at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.
  • Which led inevitably to the Treaty of Arbroath, (1320), and final independence and freedom
  • for the Scottish Nation.
  • Oh flower of Scotland
  • When will we see
  • Yer like again
  • That fought and died for
  • Yer 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
  • That 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.
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