Manx Curse

Manx Curse

“The stone of the church in the corner of thy house” (Clagh ny killagh ayns corneil dty hie). This is said to be the bitterest curse in the Manx language.

The houses usually contained one room, a corner was partitioned off by a choolley of straw, and in this the sick were kept. If a sick person was dying, the priest gave him the last sacrament: the vessels used were placed on the altar, or church-stone – a flat stone marked with a cross which he brought with him. So when a person said “Clagh ny killagh ayns corneil dty hie,” he wished that the priest might soon be in a person’s house to administer Extreme Unction.


(source: Wm. Cashen’s Folklore (1912); photo)

Bernadette Weyde

Bernadette Weyde

I'm a web designer, amateur historian and keen gardener and I enjoy bringing Manx history, folklore and poetry to a modern audience.


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