Is there a line about crushing rebellious Scots in God Save the Queen?

But did you know there’s a line in the song about Scots – which has caused concern among “a number of people” in the past?

Here’s what you need to know about the mention of Scots in the UK national anthem…

Are Scots mentioned in the national anthem?

Yes, Scots feature in the national anthem, but you may not have heard the verse sung.

The line about Schotten does not appear until verse 6, which is not often sung at events and indeed has not been played in public for a number of years.

The verse reads: “Lord, give this Marshal Wade, may he bring victory with Thy mighty help.

It pays homage to Marshal George Wade, Commander-in-Chief of George II’s Hanoverian forces. However, its inclusion in the anthem has raised questions in the past.

During Gordon Brown’s tenure, the Prime Minister ordered a review of British citizenship by former solicitor Lord Goldsmith, who suggested that the verse calling for the crushing of “rebellious Scots” should be rewritten.

In a 2007 speech, Lord Goldsmith said: “A number of people have raised the issue of the national anthem in various ways.

“I think the national anthem is an important part of our national tradition.”

He added, “But the review is about different ways of sharing our tradition and national identity…

“What we need to look at are different ways of saying what unites the country.”

However, in 2010 it was confirmed that no changes would be made to the anthem.

Debate over the lyrics has raged for decades, with Billy Connolly first raising the issue in the 1980s during his “appearance on ‘An Audience With…’ which drew millions of viewers.

The comedian said of the anthem: “It’s an appalling song and it’s racist. Is there a line about crushing rebellious Scots in God Save the Queen?

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