Meg McGravey

Castletown 100 years ago by Flaxney Stowell (d.1916)… Mill Street branches off from Malew Street, about, half way up on the right hand side. It gets its name from the water mill which stands about three hundred yards north of

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Near the Stack Rock

One winter’s night a large ship came into the bay, near the Stack rock. The look-out cried “Breakers ahead!” but it was too late. The vessel was pitched on the Stack, and the receding wave carried off all hands save

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Shipwreck 1822

In 1822, the vessel ‘Racehorse’ was lost off Langness on the Skerranes, about two miles out to sea. The night of the wreck was one of thick darkness, and there was a tremendous sea running. The vessel’s signals of distress

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Isle of Kids?

I have heard an old story that long ago there used to be a great deal of kids on the top of the mountains or on the headlands of the Isle of Man, and that raiders called it the “Island

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Song of the Thrush

“Big Robin, big Robin, take a smoke, take a smoke, take a smoke.” “I have no smoke, I have no smoke.” “Buy, buy, buy.” “I have not a penny, I have not a penny, I have not a penny.” “Go

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Yarding

At a certain time of the year, the young men and young women of the Isle of Man were summoned to Castletown and the Governor, deemsters (judges), coroners (who carried out legal functions), and other officers, could choose anyone he

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Oh! Lament for the Days!

Oh! lament for the days that are past and gone, When the sun of glory bright, On the fairest Isle of the ocean shone With freedom’s holy light; When the golden ship on a field of red Beamed forth on

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Peel Island and the Shrine of St. Mochonna

Saint Conan (7th century – January, 684), also rarely known as Saint Mochonna, was a bishop of the Isle of Man and an Irish missionary. Extract from a report by PMC Kermode to the IOM Natural History & Antiquarian Society

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Manx Dialect Connected with the Fairies

The Isle of man is full of Fairy lore.  A good Manxman does not speak of fairies — the word ‘ferrish’, a corruption of the English, did not exist in the Island 200 years ago. He talks of the Little

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The King of the Cats

There was a curious belief that the cats of the Isle of Man had a king of their own who lived as an ordinary house-cat during the day but at night assumed his regal powers, and sometimes called together all

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