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[Note 307.8] "For to shake hands with him I did not seem slack, But a man with a red neck be made me stand back"  - Originally the epithet "redneck" was applied to Scottish Covenanters, a religious group who rejected rule by bishops. By the time that this song was written the term simply meant Presbyterian; a member of a strict Protestant church. [Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redneck#Historical_Scottish_Covenanter_usage]. Napoleaon III might well be seen as a representative of Catholisim. Many Irish had been sympathetic to his grandfather and on both counts a "redneck" might find him objectionable

 

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