Josephine Kermode

Josephine Kermode (1852-1937) was a Manx poet and playwright better known by the pen name “Cushag”. Margaret Letitia Josephine Kermode was born on September 18, 1852, at 73 Parliament Street, Ramsey. She was one of seven children who lived beyond

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Departure of all the Fairies

From a letter in 1846…   “A Wesleyan preacher, named Corjaig, declared some years back that he witnessed the departure of all the fairies of the Isle of Man from the Bay of Douglas in empty rum puncheons, and saw

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Battle of Ronaldsway

The battle took place in 1275 at Ronaldsway in the southern part of the Isle of Man between a Scottish army and the Manx. The battle crushed the final attempt by the Manx to re-establish the Norse Sudreyar dynasty. As

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The Glashtyn (or Glashtin)

The Glashtyn is a fabulous creature and a shapeshifter in the folklore of the Isle of Man. The popular idea of him is that he is a hairy goblin or sprite of somewhat similar characteristics to the Phynnodderee. He is

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Sheadings of the Isle of Man

Local government (Manx: gurneilys ynnydagh) in the Isle of Man was formerly based on six SHEADINGS, which were divided into seventeen parishes (today referred to as “ancient parishes”). The Island is now divided into town districts, village districts and parish

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Library Additions

I acquired a couple of books recently and I am so happy to have these as original copies. The first is ‘William Cashen’s Manx Folklore‘ (1912). It’s a tiny, frail little thing, less than half an inch in thickness and

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Charm against Jealousy

Newly-married women were sometimes “buitched ” (bewitched) by the jealousy of men who had wanted to marry them and had been disappointed. One result of this was a sort of smothering sensation in bed. To put an end to it,

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Ancient & Holy Wells of Cornwall

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FREE DOWNLOAD: Ancient and Holy Wells of Cornwall (1894). 259 pages. Available in various formats including PDF, Kindle or view it online. All formats excluding PDF here: http://bit.ly/1b7S45i. PDF download here http://bit.ly/1lmdMde (third one down). (photo is of St. Keyne’s

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