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St Maughold, Patron Saint, Isle of Man

JULY 31st – LAA’L MAGHAL TOSHEE – FIRST FEAST-DAY OF MAUGHOLD There were two days on the Manx Calendar dedicated to St. Maughold.  July 31st was known as “Laa’l Maghal Toshee,” “Maughold’s chief (or foremost) feast-day” and November 15th as

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Manx Nursery Tale – The Story of the Little Kid

There was once a little, little man, and a little, little woman, and a little, little house, and a little, little dog. The man, the woman, and the dog went to market and bought a little kid. On the way

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A Wishing Spot…

Overlooking the sea…the groove of rock at Scarlett known as Cromwell’s Walk has a flat place half-way along its ledge called Cromwell’s Chair. Sit on it and wish. If you are favoured by the genius loci* your wish will come

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Pigs and the Moon

In the Animal Folklore of the Isle of Man there is a notion that pigs have a tendency to grow fatter or leaner according as the moon is waxing or waning. A relation is also understood to exist between the

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King Orry’s Landing

It is stated that on King Orry’s landing at the mouth of the river Lhane in the 10th century, he was met on the shore by some inhabitants, and on being asked from whence he came he replied, “That is

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Irneit, The Celtic Bishop’s Cross-slab

The Chi-Rho is one of the earliest forms of christogram, and is used by some Christians. It is formed by superimposing the first two (capital) letters ‘chi’ and ‘rho’ (ΧΡ) of the Greek word “ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ” = Christ, in such a

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The Fairy Saddle

Manx Fairies seem to have been especially fond of the chase. If a horse were found in his stall wet with perspiration – for which no particular reason could be given – it would be said that he must have

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The Devil’s Den

About a league and a half from Barrule, there is a hole in the earth, just at the foot of the mountain, which they call “The Devil’s Den.” They tell you that, in the days of enchantment, persons were there

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Godred Crovan’s Victory over the Manx

“In the yeere 1066, Godredus Crovan gathered a fleete of ships, and sailed unto Man, and giving battell unto the people of the countrey, was vanquished and put to flight. The second time also having gathered his armie and ships

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Goats in Isle of Man Folklore

The practice of letting a goat accompany flocks and herds at pasture was favoured in the Isle of Man. It is said to be followed still on a few farms. The goat’s presence was believed to have a beneficial effect

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