"Flower of Scotland" Scotland Favorite Tip by scottishvisitor

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Favorite thing: The song Flower of Scotland (in Gaelic Fhuir na h - Alba) penned by the late Roy Williamson and sung with his partner Ronnie Brown of the folk duo The Corries has become the de facto National Anthem of Scotland. This song was first adopted by the Scottish Rugby Fans, then in turn by the Tartan Army - the football fans. The rousing lyrics of Flower of Scotland is now sung at most Scottish Celebrations. The thistle is Scotland's flower and its emblem, legend tells of an invasion of Norsemen who landed at a Scottish shore under the cover of darkness to launch a surprise attack on the sleeping army. Removing their boots to hush their arrival, one invader stood on a thistle. If you have every encountered the spikes of a thistle you will know why the army was awakened and the invader returned to the sea. The beautiful soft down of the purple flower with a mighty sting in its leaves is a bit like the Scots it is said to have saved!

Fondest memory: click here if you want to listen to Flower of ScotlandThe YouTube link I had here had been withdrawn by the user - the song is not of the same quality but you do get to see Ewan McGregor!

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 6, 2008
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