"Scotland the Brave" is a Patriotic Song in the Folk Song tradition. The lyrics were written in 1950 by Cliff Hanley though the origin of the melody in unknown, it being thought to date back to approximately the year 1900. Scotland does not have an official National Anthem, but "Scotland the Brave" was formerly used as an anthem at sporting events where Scotland was represented separately from the rest of the United Kingdom. However the song "Flower of Scotland" has more recently been used as Scotland's Anthem, particularly at International Rugby events. "Flower of Scotland" was written by Roy Williamson of the folk duo "The Corries". Another folk song strongly associated with Scotland is Auld Lang Syne.
The arrangement below of "Scotland the Brave" is for piano solo, but it can also be used to support and accompany singers and other musical instruments. More National Anthems and Folk Songs can be found in our articles National Anthems & Patriotic Songs and Folk Music & Songs.