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Thread #65990   Message #1637920
Posted By: Arkie
30-Dec-05 - 11:08 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Billy Boy
Subject: RE: Origins: Billy Boy
I read somewhere that in the Scottish lowlands and the English borderlands "billy" was once a common term for friend or buddy. Hence, a close friend might be referred to as "billy boy".   Would this have any bearing on the song Billy Boy?