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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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Hillberry (Cronk y Berry)

I was born in 1908 at Hillberry in Onchan. My father worked on the farm at Ballakaighen for Mr Caesar Kaighen, there were nine children and I was the fourth born. I was christened at Hillberry Methodist Chapel where my

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Daniel Radcliffe Clarke – The Bonesetter

Born in 1841, Daniel Clarke came off old Manx stock, and his family history has many features of interest. As far back as 1515 his ancestors were proprietors of the West Nappin, Jurby. The right of primogeniture, whatever its defects

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Some Early Manx Doctors

On the whole, the countryside saw very little of doctors. Malew had no physician in 1665 though so close to the Manx capital, and spokesmen for Arbory in that year declared, “Concerning the practice of physic or chirurgery (surgery) or

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Strangers on the Isle of Man

A position of comparative advantage was enjoyed only by native Manxman, and by such strangers as had sworn fealty to the lord of the island. The condition of a stranger resident in Man who had not taken the oath was

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Christian Names of the Isle of Man

At a recent gathering of the World Manx Association, held at the Nunnery, the Attorney-General (Mr. Ramsey B. Moore), in his address, remarked upon the growing habit of Manx parents giving their children inappropriate and foreign Christian names; and he

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Disputes

The disputes which took place over questions of boundaries, pathways etc., were not always conducted peacefully. The Nunnery Lake, the flat land behind and including the timber yard and railway station, was claimed by the Nunnery, though said by Moore

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Viking Village

The low, sandy north-western shores of the Isle of Man provide a good approach for flat-bottomed boats as the Vikings discovered some twelve hundred years ago, and one of the best landing places on the coast is the Lhen beach

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The Fodder Jury

It was very difficult to keep enough fodder for the cattle in the winter. They had not much store of winter food, and they bruised gorse with mallets, in a stone trough, made of rough stones placed on end about

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Edmund Goodwin

There have been in the past, vital personalities who have surmounted physical handicaps and I think we should salute a Peel man, all too little known, who was such a personality, becoming, despite life-long infirmaties, a distinguished scholar and linguist,

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