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Date: 14 Jan 1999 13:24:59 -0800
A CURIOUS FACT ABOUT HILLBILLIES
According to a book _The Scots-Irish in the Hills of Tennessee_ by a William
of Billy Kennedy of Ireland, the term "hillbilly" is taken from William III of
Orange, King of England, Scotland and Ireland. This is a result of the
settlement of Appalachia by the Scotch-Irish who brought their instruments and
bagpipes with them and sang songs dedicated to William of Orange: thus, "Hill"
from these mountains and "Billy" from King William.
Has anyone every heard of this derivation before?
Kenneth Harper Finton
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