Mist Weather Report Douglas, Isle of Man +7°C, Mist

August on the Hills

A li’l breeze stroog-stroogs through the bracken As a bird from the gill theer takes wing, An’ the hills is all purple an’ lovely; Ay! fair shinin’ with heather an’ ling. An li’l spithags o’ clouds sen’s theer shadders Down

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Harvest Customs

The following description of the procedure at an old-time harvest-home is gathered from a pamphlet by George Quarrie entitled ‘The Melliah’. It is a rhymed account of the final harvesting of thirty stacks of oats, barley and wheat in Kirk

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Divorce & Matrimonial Difficulties

The Manx Church was very active in the detection and punishment of sexual irregularities and exercised powers of divorce of marriage, though these appear to have been used only on rare occasions. In 1637 a Ballaugh farmer based his plea

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Fergus of Galloway and the Kerruishes

Olave, son of Godred Crovan, began his reign over Mann and the Isles in 1114 CE. He married Affrica, the daughter of Fergus, a chieftan or prince of Galloway. He had a son by Affrica named Godred who came to

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Three

The numeral ‘three’ has some charm about it. King Cormac wrote a poem on the virtues of the number three. The first ruler of Mann had a gold cup which would break into three pieces if three words of falsehood

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Names for the Fairies

The Irish expressions “the Gentry” and “the Gentle Folk” were not bestowed on the Manx fairies as a body, or at least they have not survived; neither has any other title which might testify to their physical or social superiority.

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Jimmy Squarefoot

At the bottom of the Ballagilbert Glen on the Isle of Man lies Grenaby, where the valley narrows and squeezes its river under Grenaby Bridge into the upper part of Silverburn Glen. Just below here comes in the Awin Reash

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Boar Fragment from a Manx Cross

Small fragment of cross-slab of the late 10th century, illustrating splendid Norse animal ornament, showing the forepart of a boar. Note the representation of bristles and the characteristic spiral where limb joins body. (source: The Art of the Manx Crosses

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Laa Luanys

LAA LUANYS – LUGHNASADH – LAMMAS Is a Gaelic festival marking the beginning of the harvest season that was historically observed throughout the Isle of Man, Ireland and Scotland. Originally it was held on 31 July – 1 August, or

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