and FLOWERS OF THE FOREST
The Battle of FLODDEN actually took place on the English side of the Border, but its impact on the history of Scotland and its legacy in the Scottish Borders was of major significant.
|Flodden Memorial Plaque at Selkirk|
The battle was fought on 9 September 1513, between an invading Scots army under King James IV and Henry VIII's English army commanded by the Earl of Surrey. James IV was killed - the last British monarch to die in battle.
Scottish casualties were immense and amongst the 10,000 killed were much of Scotland's ruling classes, including, nine earls, thirteen barons, five heirs to titles, three bishops,and two abbots. The Crown fell to 17 month old King James V and governance by regents.
This story is a major part of Selkirk's history and is remembered at the annual Selkirk Common Riding in the ceremony Casting of the Colours by the Standard Bearer, followed by a two minute silence.
The origin is hazy of the lament tune FLOWERS OF THE FOREST, but one of the most famous versions of the words was written by Lady Jane Elliot (1727-1805) of MInto, Roxburghshire, in memory of the dead at Flodden.
As an emotive bagpipe solo, it is often played today at funerals and services of remembrance.
Click HERE to listen to its haunting lilt.
I've heard the lilting at our yowe milking,
A Green and Pleasant Land
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