:: Monday, December 22, 2003 ::

Stick your empire

Scotsman.com News - Scotland - The Scots who didn't want to be honoured A heartwarming tale of those prominent Scots who refused honours from her maj'. Names include Sorley MacLean, Hamish Henderson and ealing comedy great Alistair Sim. But which bureaucrat ever had the idea that Hamish Henderson would bow the knee for a gong. This is the man who wrote 'freedom come all ye' and the 'John Maclean March' and who dedicated himself to socialism and Scots culture. And someone thought to award him the 'order of the british empire'!?

Nae mair will our bonnie callants
Merch tae war whan our braggarts crousely craw
Nor wee weans frae pitheid an clachan
Murn the ships sailin doun the Broomielaw
Broken faimilies in launs we've hairriet
Will curse 'Scotlan the Brave' nae mair, nae mair
Black an white ane-til-ither mairriet
Mak the vile barracks o thair maisters bare
Freedom Come All Ye

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