The Thistle o' Scotland

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"The Thistle o' Scotland"
Song
Published 1902
Genre Patriotic song
Songwriter(s) Malcolm MacFarlane and Evan MacColl
Composer(s) Frederick Wilson Whitehead

"The Thistle o’ Scotland" was originally called "The Badge of Scotland" but it is more commonly known as "The Thistle o' Scotland".

Malcolm MacFarlane (1853-1931) translated this song from the Scottish Gaelic of Evan MacColl (1808-1898).[1] It was first published in Macfarlane's book, Songs of the Highlands, Inverness: Logan & Company, 1902, pp. 44–45.[2] The accompaniment was by Frederick Wilson Whitehead (1863-1926). It is considered by some to be a possible National Anthem for Scotland. A spirited rendition of this song by Ina Miller can be found here.

First page of the song in Songs of the Highlands p.44
Second page of the song, p.45

References[edit]

  1. ^ Not to be confused with the folk singer, Ewan MacColl, see http://www.poemhunter.com/evan-maccoll/biography/
  2. ^ The copy of the book in the Mitchell Library, Glasgow is stamped as having been received in December 1902.
  3. ^ toorie – tuft or top of plant (originally ‘small tower’).
  4. ^ snod – neat, tidy, compact.
  5. ^ bauld – strong, fierce (originally used of fire).
  6. ^ tassle - blue tuft of the plant.
  7. ^ langsyne - long since or ago.
  8. ^ owre – over.

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