Flowers of the Forest is a Scottish folk tune which has been on record since the early 17th century.
Various lyrics have been written to the music, the most famous being Jean Elliot's 1755 lament, written in Scots, to commemorate those who died at the Battle of Flodden in 1513 (see Bookmark p.6).
Flowers of the Forest is often played at funerals and to commemorate the deaths of soldiers, particularly Scottish soldiers.
Listen on Spotify to the Scots Guards play The Flowers of the Forest
Listen on Spotify to Isla St Clair sing The Flowers of the Forest
Click here for the sheet music to play it yourself!