Posted by Pumpkin on July 29, 2005
"Black over Wills Mother". I have been looking for the origin of this phrase just today and one website suggests it was used regularly in the east Midlands, but nobody seems to know who "Will's Mother" is. I was discussing it with my Dad and he has come to what I think is a viable conclusion.
Parts of East Midlands looks out to Europe with Holland being one of the main part. King William 1st's mother was from Holland. Will's mother could be her - espceially as people could look out East to the sea, see a black storm brewing and say "thats black over wills mothers"
Any thoughts on this theory? Has it been suggested before?