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If you have a question that is not relevant to a post on the site but concerns Isle of Man Folklore and History,  please leave your question as a comment on this page and I will see if I can help.


Can you help me with the following?  I have quite a few queries and will start listing them here.  Any help or advice is much appreciated.  Thank you.

1. Do you know where the DOCTOR’S WOOD in Glen Aldyn is?

2. Where is SHENVALLEY in Rushen?  I have found it on the interactive OS map but still can’t place it.

3. Many of the wells and springs on the Isle of Man Holy Wells’ Project page have unknown locations.  Most are probably gone for good but if you know where one is, have any photographs or know some folklore associated with one I would appreciate hearing from you.  Ideally I’m looking for GPS co-ordinates too and details of the terrain on how to get there but I’m grateful for anything.  Feel free to leave a comment below.



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  1. Chris Callow
    Chris Callow 13 July, 2014, 11:50

    It would be a good idea to enable comments on the pages for individual wells (maybe you have but I couldn’t work it out). I always underrstood Brandywell was a corruption of Branding Well, as the shepherds gathered there to brand their flocks anually. I also believe the location is under a large concrete slab across the Druidale road from the cottage

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    • Bernadette Weyde
      Bernadette Weyde 14 July, 2014, 15:26

      Hi Chris. Unfortunately it’s not possible to comment under a Well post at the moment but I’m hoping the developer will add this as a function in a future release. He’s quite open to improving his product so I have a few enhancement requests for him which I hope he’ll do.
      W Walter Gill records that shepherds did gather there annually per the map record but there’s no mention of a connection with branding in his follow-up article where he says that Brandy Well and Chibber y Punch are the same well.
      As I’m keen to record as much information as I can on each well, and your recollection is as valid as anyone’s, may I add the following to the record and credit you as the source?…”I always understood Brandywell was a corruption of Branding Well, as the shepherds gathered there to brand their flocks anually. I also believe the location is under a large concrete slab across the Druidale road from the cottage.”
      The location detail is very interesting as I have nothing on that.
      Thanks for the info, much appreciated. 🙂

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  2. Chris Callow
    Chris Callow 14 July, 2014, 16:31

    Kneen 1925 Chibbyr y phunch [].
    ‘Well of the punch.’ Sometimes called the Brandy Well in English. On the Forester’s day the shepherds were wont to gather here, and one or two enterprising individuals would dispense hot punch at a remunerative figure. The well is a very clean one, with a white gravel bottom. Its old Manx name was Chibbyr slieau ny maggle.

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    • Bernadette Weyde
      Bernadette Weyde 14 July, 2014, 17:07

      Thanks, I have Kneen’s book but haven’t got to it yet. I’ll review and add it. Chibber Slieu Maggie/Maggle is on the record.

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  3. Manninagh 1958
    Manninagh 1958 22 April, 2015, 05:18

    For Doctor’s Wood, have you considered Dr. Macwhannall, he was mentioned in Legends of a Lifetime as taking his own life, and owned land at Ellanbane and The Nappin late 19th c.

    On a general point, I am trying to rerview the origins of the surnames, a major reconsideration is needed.

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    • Bernadette Weyde
      Bernadette Weyde 25 April, 2015, 13:26

      Hello Nigel. I hadn’t actually and have that book so will take a look, thank you. On the surnames, that’s a very interesting area and a substantial area to delve into so good luck with that. I look forward to reading your thoughts when you’re ready to make them public.

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  4. EdK
    EdK 2 January, 2016, 03:52

    EdK here again, Bernadette. I forgot to mention that my Kermodes came from Peel, Isle of Man to South Australia in December 1873 per my Great Grandfather Nathaniel Arthur Kermode (then aged just 21 yrs). The furthest we can go back with genealogy is James K married Anne Kewin 3 February 1818 at Marown. Their son Thomas K married Eliza Cowley 14 January 1841 at Ballaugh. They had eleven sons (!!!) 4 of which died in childhood. My great grandfather Nathaniel was fourth oldest. Thomas K had an ironmonger business in Michael St, Peel between ?1840 and 1877. His son Thomas Cowley K took over the business until he retired (about 1900). The Peel herring fishing fleet were their biggest customer, using the nails made by hand to build and/or mend the wooden boats of the fleet. TCK was also a Member of the Legistlature. When my Grandfather (also named Thomas) was in WW1 he took the opportunity to visit his Kermode relatives in the IOM. I have several letters written by his uncle John Jonathon K to him, also a box of old postcards (about 40 or 50), including some interesting shots of Peel Castle/harbour/pier/promenade in (perhaps) the 1870’s or 1880’s. I can email you some of these if you wish/are interested. I found some very interesting stuff on the Peel/Manx sailors of the 19th Century in the ‘Net, they were apparently very superstitious. EdK

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  5. JP
    JP 14 September, 2016, 19:17

    A few years ago my partner and I tracked down Niksons pool in Laxey, this is a place young girls were said to be taken by the little people.

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  6. Herringbone John
    Herringbone John 6 February, 2018, 11:51

    Just seen a film that would fit into the Manx Dark folklore of changelings and creatures of the woods …set in Ireland called the Hallow….check it out!
    Like Pans Labyrinth depicting the folklore elementals!

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  7. Herringbone John
    Herringbone John 6 February, 2018, 13:02

    Hi Bernadette, the Nikkesens pool has some eerie sensations when i visited the location the rock face looks to have either natural or enhanced features one bottom left looks like a skull the opposite side right of the falls a elongated worm like feature with a Alien (from the film)head like shape is on the rockface.
    The waterfall looks like a Whitelady in the still photo and the woods on either side have a strange optical illusion of a Cottage but when looked at closer is folliage looking like a roof and stone partially hidden !

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  8. Whangdoodle
    Whangdoodle 18 February, 2019, 12:50

    Can you tell what ‘yessa’ at the end of a sentence means, please? Not sure if the spelling is correct.

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    • Bernadette Weyde
      Bernadette Weyde Author 3 September, 2019, 09:52

      ‘Whooinney’ (sometimes spelt ‘ghooinney’) comes from the Manx word ‘dooinney’ which means ‘man’. It is a term of affection and is the Gaelic equivalent of ‘yessir’ (pronounced yessa). ‘Yessir’ also means ‘mate’ and ‘pal’.

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  9. jon elbourne
    jon elbourne 8 June, 2019, 09:14

    Has anyone verified the claim that Margaret Ineqane and her son were burnt at the stake?

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