Michael Montgommery is Professor Emeritus of English and Linguistics at the Univeristy of South Carolina. For the past twenty years he has read widely in the archives and museums of Ireland, Scotland, and the U. S. to find the material for this book. He has written extensively on Irish and Scottish links to American English as well as on the English of his native southern United States. His most recent book is Dictionary of Smoky Mountain English (2004). He is Honorary President of the Ulster-Scots Language Society.