Mudcat Café message #3976234 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #4984   Message #3976234
Posted By: GUEST,ActiusAquila
11-Feb-19 - 07:32 PM
Thread Name: The Flower of Scotland
Subject: RE: The Flower of Scotland
There's several websites out there that seem to say that while Roy wrote the lyrics to "Flower of Scotland", someone named Peter Dodds McCormick was the song's composer, and that the melody actually existed since 1879 or so.

I however can't find a single song that McCormick wrote that sounds like Flower of Scotland and it's often said that Roy wrote AND composed the song. But McCormick WAS a Scot and he did compose Australia's national anthem- not that it sounds like Flower of Scotland, though. Also, he apparently wrote a few Scottish folk songs and if Roy knew about his music I wouldn't be surprised.

Can any mudcatters verify/ deny that Roy composed Flower of Scotland? Also, if he didn't write the music (the Corries apparently did not write music, according to Ronnie), what did McCormick call the melody? I can't find anything on the internet and I like to believe that Roy did the composing.