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Posted By: GUEST,Graham Jepps
05-Mar-11 - 12:51 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: The Talking Dog (Oldham Tinkers)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Talking Dog (Oldham Tinkers)
I think the landlord's surname is Ballou, a variant of Bullough (which can also pronounced that way), a name common enough in that part of the country. John Bullough was a highly successful 19th century industrialist and inventor from Accrington, so probably not the gormless John in the song.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_%26_Bullough