Holy Willie

Holy Willie

(ˈwɪlɪ)
n
a person who is hypocritically pious
[C18: from Burns' Holy Willie's Prayer]
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The 1785 poem was reputedly based on Mauchline Parish Church elder Willie Fisher - Holy Willie.
Holy Willie, who aligns himself with the God-fearing 'never-on-a-Sunday' brigade, began this week acting tough after showing his todger to the world.
He's already been described by former defence secretary Dr John Reid as a Holy Willie.
Robert Burns and Holy Willie were welcome guests at Dumfries tourist information centre when they dropped by to help the board's January celebrations.
Yet for over a hundred years now, since well before Snyder's biography, there have been regular references in Burns scholarship to an earlier chapbook version of the poem, The Prayer of Holy Willie, A canting, hypocritical, Kirk Elder, published in 1789, when Burns was still very much alive.
Finally, Martin Hood, Clydebank, said: "Can somebody tell me, what is a Holy Willie anyway?
Although he has a sensible attitude towards Christmas being over commercialised, Martin is no holy Willie.
It always bugs me to see the Nats strutting around, parading their holy Willie indignation of other people's party funding scandals.
I'm not some Holy Willie who thinks the Big J's birthday is being lost to commercialism.
There is no better personification of hypocrisy than Holy Willie.
At the start of the Burns International Festival, in the week of his birth and in the bicentenary of his death, I wasn't expecting inflatable Bards, Tam o' Shanter T-shirts or Holy Willie burgers.