The Flower of Scotland National Anthem 1.O flower of ScotlandWhen will we seeYour like againThat fought and died forYour wee bit hill and glenAnd stood against himProud Edward's armyAnd sent him homewardTae think again 2.The hills are bare nowAnd autumn leaves lie thick and stillO'er land that is lost nowWhich those so dearly heldAnd stood against himProud Edward's armyAnd sent him homewardTae think again 3.Those days are passed nowAnd in the past they must remainBut we can still rise nowAnd be the nation againAnd stood against himProud Edward's armyAnd sent him homewardTae think again
Scotland (Gaelic:Alba) is a country that is Part of the United Kingdom. It shares a border with England. In addition to the mainland, Scotland consists of over 790 islands. It has a population of just over 5million. Edinburgh, the country's capital and second largest city. Glasgow, Scotland's largest city.
Quaich Scotland’s Cup of Friendship For centuries the Quaich was a common domestic utensil, which originated in the West Highlands of Scotland. It was the everyday dish, from which the Scot supped his porridge and drank his ale. ‘Quaich’ is derived from the Gaelic ‘cuach’. In turn, this derives from the Latin ‘caucus’, meaning a drinking cup.
National Poet Robert Burns (1759 – 1796) Burns Suppers are held on January, 25th (birthday) every year. Many of his poems and songs are recited and most importantly, the haggis is piped in and ‘Address to a Haggis’ is performed before a knife is plunged into the haggis, which is then served with neeps and tatties.
Address To A Haggis 1. Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face, Great chieftain o' the puddin-race! Aboon them a' ye tak your place, Painch, tripe, or thairm: Weel are ye wordy of a grace As lang's my arm. 2.The groaning trencher there ye fill, Your hudies like a distant hill, Your pin wad help to mend a mill In time o' need, While thro' your pores the dews distil Like amber bead. 3.His knife see rustic Labour dight, An' cut ye up wi' ready slight, Trenching your gushing entrails bright, Like onie ditch; And then, O what a glorious sight, Warm-reeking, rich! 8.Ye pow'rs, wha mak mankind your care, And dish them out their bill o' fare, Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware, That jaups in luggies; But if ye wish her gratfu' prayer, Gie her a Haggis!
What is a haggis? A haggis is a small animal native to Scotland. Well, when I say animal, actually it's a bird with vestigial wings - like the ostrich. Because the habitat of the haggis is exclusively mountainous, and because it is always found on the sides of Scottish mountains, it has evolved a rather strange gait. The poor thing has only three legs, and each leg is a different length - the result of this is that when hunting haggis, you must get them on to a flat plain - then they are very easy to catch - they can only run round in circles.
From a distance, I'm sure you'll agree, the tourist can easily mistake a family of haggi out for their daily swim, as Nessie, this of course gives rise to many more false sightings, but is very good for the tourist industry in Scotland.The largest known recorded haggis (caught in 1893 by a crofter at the base of Ben Lomond), weighed 25 tons.In the water, haggi have been known to reach speeds of up to 35 knots, and therefore coupled with their amazing agility in this environment, are extremely difficult to catch, however, if the hunter can predict where the haggis will land, a good tip is to wait in hiding on the shore, because when they come out of the water, they will inevitably run round in circles to dry themselves off.
Haggis hunting season is the week before Robert Burns birthday, that's January 25th. So, the season is open January 18-25th.Only kilted Highlanders can hunt a haggis, and only then if they can play certain notes on the bagpipes .... and then only if they have secured themselves a Haggis Hunting License at Hogmany.
After catching your haggis, and dispatching it in time honoured fashion, it is cooked in boiling water for a period of time, then served with tatties and neeps (and before you ask, that's potatoes and turnips).The noise 'haggi' make during the mating season gave rise to that other great Scottish tradition, the bagpipes.
I hope this clears up some of the misconceptions about the Haggis, that rare and very beautiful beastie of the Scottish Highlands. Haggi normally give birth to two or more young Haggi, or "wee yins", as they are called in Scotland, and from birth, their eyes are open, and they are immediately able to run around in circles, just like their parents.
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