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The Bishop’s Bridle

Among the accustomed unwritten laws of the Manx Church was the following:   “That he or she that call a man a ‘Dog’ or a woman a ‘Bitch’ shall wear the Bridle at the Market Cross or make 7 Sundays

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A Crow’s Wedding

A wedding with none of the bride’s relatives in attendance was called a ‘Crow’s Wedding’ and there is the following rhyme: The little wedding of the crow Went over the road, Without mother and father, Or sister and brother. Poosey

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Ash for Luck

Things which are simply lucky or unlucky in a general way are almost innumerable but I have seen no mention of what is called the “even ash,” a twig which bears, exceptionally, an even number of leaves. This is lucky

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The Wooden Horse

Isle of Man law passed in 1629   “Whosoever shall be found or detected to pull Horse Tayles shall be punished upon the Wooden Horse, thereon to continue for the space of two hours and to be whipped naked from

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Penny Weddings

When the marrying couple were in poor circumstances it was the custom to leave a dollan (sieve) in an unobtrusive but convenient spot in the kitchen and into this every guest dropped a penny towards defraying the cost of their

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Keirn (Rowan / Mountain Ash)

Lately I have learned from a Lezayre source that even the sprays of the keirn or mountain ash – the luckiest thing that grows – should never be brought into a room, though crosses made of its wood may advantageously

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The Ring, The Rope & The Sword

The law of the Ring, the Rope and the Sword, by which a single woman was given the choice of seeing her violator hanged, beheaded, or married to her, has already enjoyed publicity. Though first proclaimed at the Tynwald Court

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