Flower of Scotland
|"Flower of Scotland"|
|Song by The Corries|
Flower of Scotland (Scottish Gaelic: Flùr na h-Alba, Scots: Flouer o Scotland) is a Scottish song, used frequently at special occasions and sporting events. Although there is no official national anthem of Scotland, Flower of Scotland is one of a number of songs which unofficially fulfil this role, along with the older Scots Wha Hae, Scotland the Brave and Highland Cathedral. It was written by Roy Williamson of the folk group The Corries, and presented in 1967, and refers to the victory of the Scots, led by Robert the Bruce, over England's Edward II at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.
The song has been used by as a National Anthem by the Scotland national rugby union team, ever since the winger, Billy Steele, encouraged his team-mates to sing it on the victorious Lions tour of South Africa in 1974. The song was adopted as the pre-game anthem during the deciding match of the 1990 Five Nations Championship between Scotland and England, which Scotland won 13–7 to win the Grand Slam. The Scottish Football Association adopted "Flower of Scotland" as its pre-game national anthem in 1997 although it was first used by them in 1993. Usually only the first and third verses are sung.
In July 2006, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted an online poll (publicised by Reporting Scotland) in which voters could choose a national anthem from one of five candidates. 10,000 people took part in the poll in which Flower of Scotland came out the winner. The results were as follows:
|Flower of Scotland||41%|
|Scotland the Brave||29%|
|Is There for Honest Poverty||8%|
|Scots Wha Hae||6%|
Scottish pirate metal band Alestorm have performed a cover of it live and recorded it, which is on their album Captain Morgan's Revenge. In addition, the Canadian Scottish-influenced Celtic Punk band The Real McKenzies have included the song on the album "Loch'd & Loaded" as well a staple in their live performance among many other traditional Scottish ballads.
- Amhrán na bhFiann
- The Thistle o' Scotland
- Auld lang syne
- Cwm Rhondda
- Sosban Fach
- Ireland's Call
- The Fields of Athenry
- Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau
- La Marseillaise
- Waltzing Matilda
- Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
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- SONGS OF THE SIX NATIONS
- "The Perfect Rugby Anthem - Flower of Scotland!" WalesOnline, 7 February 2009 (visited 26 May 2011)
- BBC Sport Academy - (visited 16 December 2009)
- Match vs Liechtenstein
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- "Flower of Scotland is first choice in RSNO anthem poll". heraldscotland. 03-07-2006. Retrieved 5 February 2011.
- "London 2012: Scottish choir sings for opening ceremony". BBC. Retrieved 12 December 2012.