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The Flowers of the Forest, that fought aye the foremost The prime of our land, are cauld in the clay.
about the poem
A lament for the army of James IV, the flower of Scottish manhood, slain with their king on the field of Flodden, September 1513. Although the original words are unknown, the melody was recorded c. 1615-25 in the John Skene of Halyards Manuscript as "Flowres of the Forrest", although it might have been composed earlier.
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I confess that I had no strong feelings about 'The Flowers of the Forest' until I heard it performed from memory by Sophie Beattie of Crieff High School at the Poetry By Heart Scotland 2015 national finals. Sophie’s rendition made a fair few in the audience to shed an unexpected tear! Poetry By Heart Scotland 2015-16 is now open for registration to secondary schools throughout Scotland. You can find out more here: http://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/poetry-heart-scotland
'The Flowers of the Forest' is the only surviving work of Jean Elliot, daughter of Sir Gilbert Elliot of Minto. Her version of. Written probably only as a private excercise, it was a reworking of an earlier song by Alison Rutherford, but Jean Elliot wrote her version about the Battle of Flodden, and as such it has caught the imagination of the nation. 'The Flowers of the Forest' was performed by Sophie Beattie of Crieff High School at the Poetry By Heart Scotland 2015 finals.