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    Scots, Who Have With Wallace Bled !

    Failte gu Alba - Welcome to Scotland

    Failte gu Alba - Welcome to Scotland

    Hi Mairiuna ūüôā¬† You’ve now triggered my curiosity. Can’t wait to see the photograph of William Wallace’s sword.¬† He must have been a very tall and strong man to be able to manoeuvre such a big sword !

    When I last searched my photos for that famous sword, I came across a picture taken by Harfang of the welcome panel that greets everyone at the border. What an emotional moment…setting foot on the land of our beloved Scotland !

    Failte gu Alba, the gaelic translation of “Welcome to Scotland never resounded so dear to our heart, mind and soul then on that very special day of our arrival¬† in Scotland.

    Remember how enthusiatic we both were ? I even took off one of my shoe and sock to ground myself even more to the scottish soil.

    The Songs Of Scotland, Boosey & Co, London.

    The Songs Of Scotland, Boosey & Co, London.

    I can’t help myself to think about all those Scots army men gathered on the land of Bannockburn, under King Robert the Bruce‘s¬† leadership, back in 1314.

    Imagine how, as the English were walking in, the speech of such a great chief must have boosted their courage to defend their land !

    Robert Burns inspired himself of a similar speech to write a song titled “Scots, wha hae wi’ Wallace bled ! Click on the name of the song and it will bring you to a page where you can find the lyrics and score found in the beautiful old book I bought when we visited The Book Shop in Wigtown. I also included a very interesting letter written by Robert Burns¬† in 1793 about this song.

    Scots wha hae wi’ Wallace bled! served as an unofficial national anthem for the country until supplanted by Scotland the Brave and Flower of Scotland . The official one, remaining of course, God Save The Queen.

    Would’nt that be cool if I found a¬†video to add to this post ?

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