Music Monday ” Flower of Scotland ” Lone Bagpiper

Today, one of the most recognizable symbols of Scotland is the bagpipes.It’s history may go back to  Roman times. In the Battle of Culloden in 1746, it  was named an instrument of war when the British general said,

“A Highlander never marched without a piper-so it is an instrument of war.”

Thus began the pacification of the unruly dreaded Highland army.  The British systematically dismantled Scottish society by confiscating rights, collecting weapons, and  banning the kilt and tartan.  There is a story of the bagpipes, themselves, being banned, though I was unable to verify that detail.                       -from the National Trust of Scotland

Two hundred sixty eight years later on September 18, 2014, Scotland has an opportunity  to regain her  independence from Britain. Will there be a war or a battle?  Yes of sorts, but the Scots  will fight at the ballot box using it as the new “tool of war.”  The courage and sense of history and personal strength, will carry them to an independent country of self-determination . They will not listen to fear, but carry the hope of Scots from all ages in their hearts when they  Vote YES for Independence!

Enjoy the eerie, haunting, sorrowful sound of the lone bagpiper as you watch  the natural beauty of this proud country!






About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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8 Responses to Music Monday ” Flower of Scotland ” Lone Bagpiper

  1. gpcox says:

    I don’t know what to say. The video held me in awe and the ending did ME in!! Magnificent is a good word, but not enough….

    [off topic – I picked up more research and pictures for Mr. Manch and my article on him will be posted after the of the Doolittle Raid. Thank you for the heads-up once again, Anne.]


  2. annetbell says:

    Watching this video is inspiring the determination and courage to survive such terrain. No wonder they have been such strong warriors ! Thanks for stopping by !


  3. Richard Bell says:

    Lovely! Thanks, Cousin!


  4. as a Scot, I gotta thank you xxxxx


  5. inavukic says:

    And it is so very brave to do what Scots are doing this week – no matter what the outcome of the referendum, the very fact that they are asking the question of independence is so very brave. My heart to the Scots!


  6. I’m an American, but with deep roots from Scotland on several branches of the family – and one great, great grandfather who was English and married a Scotswoman in Canada, then moved to the US around 1840. I’m guessing he was a black sheep of the family. He was a musician and played the pipes as well as a trumpet like instrument. It’s been quite interesting following along the politics, and despite that one English ancestor, of course, I’m rooting for Scotland!


    • annetbell says:

      Thanks so much for sharing your story. I am sure many Americans/Canadians can relate. I have been there and have the greatest admiration for their determination and strength. Thanks for the visit and comment !


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