The History of Leith

May 4, 2011

Flowers of the Forest

Flowers of the Forest is an ancient Scottish folk tune. Although the original words are unknown, the melody was recorded in c. 1615-25 in the John Skene of Halyards Manuscript as “Flowres of the Forrest,” though it may have been composed earlier.[1]

Several versions of words have been added to the tune, notably Jean Elliot’s lyrics in 1756. Others include those by Alison Cockburn below. However, many renditions are played on the Great Highland Bagpipe. Due to the content of the lyrics and the reverence for the tune, it is one of the few tunes that many pipers will only perform at funerals or memorial services, and only practice it in private or to instruct other pipers for more click here

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