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Early Emigration

The Manx Legislature had, indeed, placed special difficulties on the emigration of the Manx people. One of the earliest laws in the Statute Book had directed that no-one born and resident in the Island should leave it without the Governor’s

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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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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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