Scots Sangs An Tunes Fur Schools

Traditional and new Scots songs and tunes
for use in Scottish schools - and everywhere else

Hector The Hero

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

This is Skinner's Manuscript of the tune