A Scottish Soldier

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"A Scottish Soldier" is a song written by Andy Stewart using the tune of "The Green Hills of Tyrol", which was transcribed by John MacLeod during the Crimean War from "La Tua Danza Sì Leggiera", a chorus part in the third act of Gioachino Rossini's 1829 opera Guglielmo Tell (William Tell).[1] The song is about a dying Scottish soldier, wishing to return to the hills of his homeland rather than die in Tyrol. The song was one of two US chart entries by Andy Stewart. "A Scottish Soldier" reached no. 1 in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, spent 36 weeks in the UK Singles Chart in 1961 and was in the top 50 in the USA for over a year.[2]

This song was the entrance theme of professional wrestler "Rowdy" Roddy Piper.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Brown, Ian (2010). From Tartan to Tartanry: Scottish Culture, History and Myth. Edinburgh University Press. pp. 48–49. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  2. ^ "A Scottish Soldier". Andy Stewart: An Illustrated Record. Retrieved 2014-05-09.