Keirn (Rowan / Mountain Ash)

Lately I have learned from a Lezayre source that even the sprays of the keirn or mountain ash – the luckiest thing that grows – should never be brought into a room, though crosses made of its wood may advantageously

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A Tale of Finn Mac Cooil

Thousands of years ago, at the time of the Battles of the Giants in Ireland, Finn Mac Cooil was fighting with a great, red-haired Scots giant who had come over to challenge him. He beat him and chased him eastwards

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Earliest Manx Fencible Corps

In 1778 the question of the defence of the Island, owing to the withdrawal of the English troops there, became an urgent one and the Keys called upon the Lieutenant-Governor to consult with them on “the most advisable mode of

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Witchcraft on the Isle of Man

An an interesting article from Jan 2010… THE Isle of Man’s magical past is being uncovered by a leading authority on ancient and medieval paganism. Professor Ronald Hutton, Professor of History at Bristol University, has been researching witchcraft on the

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The Ring, The Rope & The Sword

The law of the Ring, the Rope and the Sword, by which a single woman was given the choice of seeing her violator hanged, beheaded, or married to her, has already enjoyed publicity. Though first proclaimed at the Tynwald Court

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The Lucky Fairy Lamb

Those red caps remind me that red, and even blue, was preferred by the small Manx fairies to green in their attire, and this is especially true of the fairy animals, which copied their masters in wearing crimson headgear. Mr

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Manx Proverb

“When trees in calm air move, then speak the dead.” We know that Odin was the god of both wind and storm and war. To him the temple in Upsala was erected and the great treasures were kept there. Every

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Little Red Woman & the Weaver

In the second half of the 19th century the principal cottage at the top of Port Mooar in Maughold, was occupied by two men named Kissack, father and son, both weavers. One harvest-time the younger man went off to visit

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Battle of Skyhill

The Battle of Skyhill in 1079 took place about one mile (1.5 km) west of Ramsey, Isle of Man in 1079. This was during the third and final time that the Norse-Gael warrior Godred Crovan had invaded the island, finally

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Place-names on the Isle of Man

(M) = Manx; (S) = Scandanavian ►ANAGH COAR (Annacur) (M) – marsh of the herons. ►BALDWIN (M) – Scand. Boldair, ‘homestead dale.’ It is tempting to derive this name from Irish Bealitaine, the Summer festival of the Celts. The Manx

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