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  •  Flowers of the Forest (8+ / 0-)

    was written by a member of our Highland Clan shortly after the Battle of Flodden Field in 1513. It is a lament for the ten thousand Scots who died on Flodden's bloody field in that awful battle. The manuscript was lost for about a century, but was discovered in the Skene manuscripts sometime between 1615 and 1625. Since then it is traditionally piped at the burial services for UK soldiers. The custom is spreading across the world. It was piped for my youngest son at his service at the National Cemetery.  One day it will be piped for me.

    Ronnie Browne, who sings Green Fields of France in the dairy, sings Flowers of the Forest on the actual Flodden battlefield. The lyrics are those of Jean Eliot, who added them to the pipe tune in 1756.

    Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength. - Eric Hoffer

    by Otteray Scribe on Thu May 23, 2013 at 01:23:58 PM PDT

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