Sir Walter Scott was steeped in the history
of the Scottish Border country where he lived for a large part of his life. Here is one of his rousing, Border marching songs.
Blue Bonnets Over the Border
March, march, Ettrick and Teviotdale,
the deil dinna ye march forward in order?
March, march, Eskdale and Liddesdale,
All the Blue Bonnets are bound for
Many a banner spread
Flutters above your.head,
Many a crest that is famous in story.
make ready then,
Sons of the mountain glen,
Fight for the Queen and the old Scottish glory.
Come from the hills where your hirsels are grazing,
Come from the glen of the buck and the roe;
Come to the crag where the beacon is blazing,
Come with the buckler,
the lance, and the bow.
Trumpets are sounding,
War-steeds are bounding,
Stand to your arms then, and march in
England shall many a day
Tell of the bloody fray,
When the Blue Bonnets came over the Border.