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The Mysterious Murder of Betsy Crowe

One of the most mysterious crimes in the history of the Isle of Man was the murder on December 20th, 1888 of a 45 year old spinster, Betsy Crowe. Elizabeth Crowe, known to most people as Betsy, was a spinster

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The Manx Spinning Wheel

The spinning wheel was indispensable to the people of its day; just as the cart was to the field, so was the wheel to the house. The spinning wheel that passed most of its working life in the kitchen, has

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Twisting the Rope

Many a long year ago there was a young farmer of the name of Gorry Kermode that had a farm away up in the mountains. When he married and took Katriney his wife to live in that lonely place, every

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Soilshey-Bio

The Manx people in former times held a belief, of which a memory still lingers, that once in several years the rising sun flashed on the world a momentary ray or tincture of his light which was charged with a

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Peel Street Names 1874

Taken from Peel City Guardian 7 Jan 1922: The quaint and interesting information following was contained in a printed poster issued by the head of the town – the late High Bailiff Moore – at a time when many of

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Turf Gathering

As in many other parts of the British isles, a considerable proportion of the ‘waste’ lands of the Isle of Man consists of turf-bogs or moanies(1) as they are called in our dialect. Broadly speaking, the moanies are extensive areas

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Grandfather’s Hidden Purse

I mind me brother’s wife tellin’ me that quhen she was a lump of a gel she was livin’ out with her gran’father in Glen Rushen. The memory of the oul’ man lef’ him forra bit afore he died. The

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The Manx Fairy Pig

There was once a little fairy pig that lived in the hills beyond Colby with his mother and his six brothers. His name was Shiaght, which means Seven, and his brothers were called Nane, Jees, Tree, Kiare, Quieg and Shey,

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Ned Beg Hom Ruy

The acquisition of Harry Kelly’s cottage in 1938 to initiate the Cregneish folk museum was an act of faith, but at that time only a small band of enlightened pioneers had the vision to see the ultimate objective. The financial

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