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Thread #24474 Message #3609685
Posted By: MGM·Lion
14-Mar-14 - 12:45 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: lang johnnie moir (Child #251)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: lang johnnie moir (Child #251)
Important point above, that the More, Moir, or whevs, element of the hero's name is not a surname, but an emphasis of his size. Same usage will be found in such names and phrases as Glen Mohr, the Great Glen; the Gillie Mor, the Big Man, &c.
So the title Lang Johnny More actually means, Tall Johnny, the Big-Yin [as Billy Connolly told me he was called in his Glasgow youth ~~ "Excuse Me, Big Yin" was the title I gave my interview with him in Folk Review, October 1978; & Wikipedia confirms it as his standard nickname].