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From: "Wayne F. Seibert" <>
Subject: Re: Hillbillies
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 1999 08:24:01 -0500
Given the other terms used in America for "Mountain Williams" (ridgerunner,
etc..) I'm inclined to believe what I was told in an Appalachian Culture
class a couple years ago; The hill people were able to run around like
"billy-goats".. It is unlikely that William Of Orange had anything to do
with the term.
wrote in message <>...
>A CURIOUS FACT ABOUT HILLBILLIES
>According to a book _The Scots-Irish in the Hills of Tennessee_ by a
>of Billy Kennedy of Ireland, the term "hillbilly" is taken from William III
>Orange, King of England, Scotland and Ireland. This is a result of the
>settlement of Appalachia by the Scotch-Irish who brought their instruments
>bagpipes with them and sang songs dedicated to William of Orange: thus,
>from these mountains and "Billy" from King William.
>Has anyone every heard of this derivation before?
>Kenneth Harper Finton
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