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Scotland The Brave Words and History

Cliff Hanley


The lyrics to the Scottish song, Scotland The Brave, was written by Cliff Hanley in 1951. He was a Scottish journalist, writer, author, songwriter, raconteur, after dinner speaker, historian and broadcaster. His books include Dancing in the Streets, The History of Scotland, Rab Ha' - the Glasgow Glutton (co written with Dorothy Whitaker) and Gall in a Day's Work (co written with Willie Gall).

Cliff Hanley was born in Glasgow in 1923.

The song was written by Cliff Hanley for performer, producer and music shop owner (Sauchiehall Street and Renfield Street) Robert Wilson who needed a song to close the act of his performance at a Christmas Scottish review musical show at the Glasgow Empire Theatre. The song soon became popular with Scots people and was quickly adopted as an unofficial national anthem.

Cliff Hanley died in 1999 but his song lives on in the hearts of all Scottish folk.








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Chapters take place in modern day Aberdeen, at the Noose & Monkey bar and restaurant as well as His Majesty’s Theatre and Garthdee. Other scenes take place at Tidworth and during the Napoleonic War.


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The Words To Scotland The Brave




Hark when the night is falling
Hear! Hear the pipes are calling,
Loudly and proudly calling,
Down thro' the glen.
There where the hills are sleeping,
Now feel the blood a-leaping,
High as the spirits of the old Highland men.


Towering in gallant fame,
Scotland my mountain hame,
High may your proud standards gloriously wave,
Land of my high endeavour,
Land of the shining river,
Land of my heart for ever,
Scotland the brave.


High in the misty Highlands,
Out by the purple islands,
Brave are the hearts that beat
Beneath Scottish skies.
Wild are the winds to meet you,
Staunch are the friends that greet you,
Kind as the love that shines from fair maiden's eyes.


Towering in gallant fame,
Scotland my mountain hame,
High may your proud standards gloriously wave,
Land of my high endeavour,
Land of the shining river,
Land of my heart for ever,
Scotland the brave.


Far off in sunlit places,
Sad are the Scottish faces,
Yearning to feel the kiss
Of sweet Scottish rain.
Where tropic skies are beaming,
Love sets the heart a-dreaming,
Longing and dreaming for the homeland again.


Towering in gallant fame,
Scotland my mountain hame,
High may your proud standards gloriously wave,
Land of my high endeavour,
Land of the shining river,
Land of my heart for ever,
Scotland the brave.


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