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Thread #66703   Message #1109493
Posted By: The Borchester Echo
04-Feb-04 - 05:52 PM
Thread Name: Gulp! Ewan MacColl - Scottish or Not?
Subject: RE: Gulp! Ewan MacColl - Scottish or Not?
Ewan MacColl was first and foremost an actor. He adopted the accent of his parents as it was, after all, merely the consequence of his father having to move in search of work that he was brought up in the North West of England rather than Scotland. He grew up in an emigre community of Scots and doubtless felt much more Scottish than English.

And while there may be other reasons behind his change of name from Jimmie Miller, one motivation was certainly the Lallans movement after World War II where it was common practice to adopt the name of a poet or writer from the past. Like Hugh MacDiarmid, this is what Ewan did.