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Welcome to As Manx as the Hills, a journey into the folklore, mythology, history, traditions, people and poetry of the Isle of Man.


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Some Manx Surname Meanings

Barron = a stripling Bell = dweller at the (shop) sign of the bell; Son of the Servant of the

Life in Ballaugh in the 1840s

By Ellie Shimmin. February 28th, 1915. Today is my birthday, seventy-four years. I was born in the year 1841 in

On Being Asked to Join the Teetotallers

Water is silver, but wine it is gold, So give it me mellow, bright, pure and old; I mind not

All About Katie

I had a very good childhood with brothers and sisters and a good mother and father. We lived in Tynwald

Manx Fairs

In pre-Reformation times and for many years afterwards, the feast of the patron saint of a church or parish was

Li’l Graysie

Did ya hear the sad news Emma Cowla? ’bout the li’l chil’ from the gill tha’s been took? Aye, she

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Mud Cottage, Cranstal 0

An attempt has been made to encompass all aspects of life in the Island but one may be led to think that the old body of tradition is more truly found in the cottages and small farms of the countryside.

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Life & Death of Cormac the Skald

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FREE DOWNLOAD: The life and death of Cormac the Skald, being the Icelandic Kormáks-saga (1902). Kormáks saga is one of the Icelanders’ sagas. It tells of the 10th century Icelandic

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“It is only by comparison with what is known of the history of the districts surrounding us that we may hope to form a satisfactory idea of the character, habits, and conditions of the inhabitants of our Island.”

~ by PMC Kermode, 1st Director of the Manx Museum in 1922