Tuesday, 30 April 2019

The Publicity Stunts - Episode 63

[Names] - Wilson is one of the oldest names in the English language. It is believed to have come into existence as a corruption of ‘son of William’, a very popular name following the Norman invasion in 1066. Gaynor’s favourite ‘Wilson’ is undoubtably former Scotland and Arsenal goalkeeper, Bob Wilson. In particular Gaynor is a great fan of Bob’s television work as a presenter of ‘Football Focus’ and ‘Match of the Day’ during the 1970’s and ‘80’s. ‘Love Bob!’ Gaynor was heard to have said just yesterday, at the Dog & Gun. The name McGladdery has Northern Irish roots, though there is also a Scottish derivative with an alternative spelling. Though little is known of the Gaelic origins of the name, Paul’s always quick to point out it includes the word ‘ladder’, as if any association with him, is to go up in the world. However, the McGladdery line has generated many unsuccessful songwriters, musicians and entertainers and there seems little prospect in this changing in the near future. The only famous McGladdery, (though infamous is more appropriate) is murderer Robert McGladdery, who was the last person to be executed in Northern Ireland in 1961.