Scotland the Brave

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Scotland the Brave
Alba an Àigh

Unofficial anthem of  Scotland
Lyrics Cliff Hanley (unofficial), 1950

"Scotland the Brave" (Scottish Gaelic: Alba an Àigh) is a Scottish patriotic song. It was one of several songs considered an unofficial national anthem of Scotland.

The tune probably first appeared around the turn of the 20th century,[1] and at that time was sometimes known as Scotland the Brave. The lyrics commonly sung today were written in around 1950 by the Scottish journalist Cliff Hanley for the singer Robert Wilson in an arrangement by Marion McClurg.

"Scotland the Brave" is also the authorised pipe band march of The British Columbia Dragoons of Her Majesty's Canadian Armed Forces,[2] and also is played during the Pass in Review at Friday parades at The Citadel, and the Virginia Military Institute.[citation needed] In 2006,[citation needed] it was adopted as the regimental quick march of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

The Scotland national football team used "Scotland the Brave" as its anthem in the 1982 and 1986 FIFA World Cups.[3][4][5][6] "Flower of Scotland" was subsequently adopted by the national football team, following its successful use by the Scotland national rugby union team.[6]

"Scotland the Brave" is a popular song for pipe bands to play in American parades.

Unofficial national anthem[edit]

In June 2006, the song came in second in an online poll with more than 10,000 votes to determine the nation's favourite unofficial anthem, losing only to "Flower of Scotland".[7] The song was used to represent Scotland in the Commonwealth Games until it was replaced by "Flower of Scotland" from the 2010 games in Delhi onwards.[8]

In popular culture[edit]