Baronies were effectively different civil jurisdictions each
having their own civil courts. Originally there were eight Barons,
interestingly all were ecclesiastical:
- Abbot of Rushen
Abbey - the abbey held large areas of land particularly in
Malew, the so called Abbeylands which extended to
some 99½ quarterlands.
After the reformation the Abbeylands fell into the hands of the
Lord of Man.
- The Lord
- Prioress of the Nunnery
- Prior of Whitehorn (Galloway) (Barony of St Trinian)
- Abbot of Furness (to which Rushen owed subservience)
- Abbots of Bangor and Sabal (in N. Ireland)
- Prior of St. Bees (Cumberland)