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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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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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Suggane Making: An Old-time Craft

Suggane is the rope made of the twisted straw of wheat, barley, oats or rye, and it a was very important home-made product of Manx farming life up to the end of the last century. First and foremost among its

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Some Manx Folklore Notes on Fishing (part 1)

Superstitious as were the Manxmen whose occupations were on land, they were surpassed by the Manxmen whose occupation was on the sea. Proof of this is afforded by the following account of the superstitions of Manx fishermen: On May Eve,

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George Henry Borrow

One of the greatest masters of English literature, George Henry Borrow, visited Man in the year 1855 and wrote a diary of his experiences during the ten weeks he made the Island his home. He had published in 1844 ‘The

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The Deemsters & The Manx Courts of Law

‘The Deemsters were always officers of great dignity. They were not only the chief judges of this Isle but were also the Lord’s Privy Counsellors, and their influence over the people in some degree, resembled the civil authority of the

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My Teacher (M’ynseyder)

Miss Garrett was someone I thought the world of. When she spoke the world stood still. This would be in the 1920s. I was about eight years old. She was very beautiful and stately, a tall woman. She was good

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