Scots Sangs Fur Schools

Traditional and new Scots songs 
and tunes for use in Scottish schools


This tune was composed by Scott Skinner in praise of Sir Hector MacDonald of Ross-shire. He was born in the Black Isle in 1857, enlisted in the 92nd Gordon Highlanders in 1870, and rose through the ranks to become a Major-General. He fought in Afghanistan, the South African Boer war and the Sudan. In 1903 he was accused of being a homosexual, and committed suicide.

Here is the chorus of a long lyric written to this tune,

O wail for the mighty in battle,

Loud lift ye the coronach strain,

For Hector, the Hero, of deathless fame,

Will never come back again