[From 1897 Examiner Annual]

1897 - Portraits

Lord Henniker

lt Governor Henniker

LORD HENNIKER was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of the Isle of Man, in succession to the Right Hon. Sir Joseph West Ridgeway, K. C.B., K.C. S.I., on October 14th, 1895. He was born on November 7th, 1842, and was educated at Eton and Cambridge, graduating M.A. in 1866. For several years, from 1877 to 1892, he was Lord-in-Waiting to Her Majesty the Queen. He represented Suffolk in the Conservative interest from 1866 to 1870. He married, in 1864, Lady Alice Mary, daughter of the third Earl of Dessart, by whom he has several children. His eldest son is the Hon. A. E. Henniker-Major, who is thirty years of age. The Henniker title is an Irish one, and was created in 1800. He has a seat in the House of Lords as Lord Hartismere, which title was created in 1866. Lord Henniker has had the advantage of careful trainiug in public business ; he is a man of broad sympathies; and he and his charming daughters are fast becoming popular among all classes of the Manx people.




BISHOP STRATON was consecrated lord Bishop of Sodor and Man 25th March, 1892, in York Cathedral. He succeeded Bishop Bardsley, who is now Bishop of Carlisle, and is in receipt of an income of 2,000 gross, and residence, but which, on account of the agricultural depression, has been reduced to 1,650. In the see there are 31 benefices, 14 curates, and 17,210 church sittings.The Bishop has a seat in the House of but no vote. [died 1918]


 Robert Swan Stephen

MAJOR ROBERT SWAN STEPHEN, V.D., J.P., H.K., MA., is the only son of the late John Clowes Stephen, who for 25 years filled the office of second Deemster of Man. Major Stephen graduated at Cambridge, and afterwards was called to the English Bar. He also qualified as a Manx advocate, and has practised in Douglas. In 1881 he was elected to the House of Keys as one of the members for Douglas, and has ever since retained his seat as one of the members for the town. In April, 1896, he was appointed to the mayoralty of Douglas, which had become vacant by the death of the late Mr Alderman Keig. Upon the 9th November, 1896, Major Stephen was unanimously re-elected as mayor.

(later served in Boer War)


Samuel Webb

MR. SAMUEL WEBB, Deputy-Mayor of Douglas, was born at Latchford, Cheshire, in the year 1831. Early in life he became connected with the jewellery and fancy goods trade and was for some years engaged in that business at Scarborough along with Mr William Stansfield. In 1858 Mr Webb came to Douglas, and commenced business in a modest way in Strand-street, afterwards in that portion of Duke-street which was swept away to allow of the formation of Victoria-street. His enterprise caused his business to develop by leaps and bounds, until it culminated in the magnificent establishment in Strand-street, known as the Lounge. Nearly seventeen years ago Mr Webb was appointed a member of the board of Town Commissioners for Douglas, and since then be has faithfully and independently served the ratepayers of Douglas at the town board. When the town was incorporated Mr Webb was elected as one of the aldermen, and was appointed to the position of deputy-mayor. He is a distinguished Freemason, and Prov. Senior Grand Warden of the Isle of Man.


T H Nesbitt

TOWN Clerk of Douglas, is a Cumbrian man, he having been born at Whitehaven 43 years ago. Upon leaving school he entered the drapery business, but soon deserted it for the more congenial employment of an accountant. In 1880, after being six years managing clerk to a solicitor in Whitehaven, he was appointed clerk to the Douglas Town Commissioners, and in that capacity was of immense service to the town and rate-payers. It is mainly owing to Mr. Nesbitt’s energy and genius for finance that the town occupies its present splendid financial position. In 1896. when Douglas was incorporated, Mr Nesbitt was unanimously selected as first Town Clerk, and he has more than justified his selection. He is an incorporated accountant, and a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society. His services to Freemasonry have been of the most distinguished character. He was the first Prov. Grand Secretary of the Isle of Man, and has also filled the office of Deputy Prov. Grand Master.

[resigned 1898 - later City Secretary of Sydney, N.S.W]



G.T. Taylor

Borough Surveyor of Douglas. was born at Leicester in the year 1865 Having served his articles as Civil Engineer and Surveyor under the Borough Engineer of that place, he was appointed assistant Water Engineer, and in such capacity was entrusted with very important works in connection with a large new reservoir and other water supply works. He was appointed Borough Surveyor of Douglas in 1889, and since then has designed and successfully executed several large undertakings, including the Queen’s Promenade, Corporation Buildings at Lake Yard. New Town Improvement Scheme, Shelter, Central Promenade, and North Douglas Drainage. He is at present engaged upon plans for several other important works.



 Rev E Walsh

FATHER WALSH, the respected pastor of St. Mary’s Church, was appointed to his present position in the spring of 1886. Previous to that, he had spent seven years as a professor in St. Edward’s College, Liverpool His 13 years of preparatory study for the priesthood had: been divided between St.. Edward’s College, Ushaw College,’ and Rome, where for four years he studied his theology. Since coming to the Island he has laboured indefatigably, not only for the interests of his own congregation, but, as far as opportunity was given him, for the general well-being, of the town of Douglas. The improvements he has effected at St Mary's--in re-roofing extending and in glazing the church ; and in building magnificent schools to replace the old ones ; in erecting new schools, too, at Peel —are proofs of zealous work for his people. In this connection with the public of Douglas ‘ he has ever taken a keen interest in their social welfare, associating himself with every effort for good. More. than once he has held the position of president to the Manx Astronomical Society. The public of Douglas have recently shown their confidence in the rev. gentleman by electing him at the top of the poll as a member of the School Board.

Mr Henry Hanby Hay

Henry Hanby Hay

AMONG the many children of Mona whom enterprise has carried to the Western World, none is so widely known in the literary and cultured circles of America as the subject of this sketch. Although purely English in his ancestry, which connects him with the family of the Scottish Earls of Errol, yet Mr. Hay is a native of Douglas, where he was born on October 26th, 1849, at Spring Hill, his father’s country place. He was baptised at old St. Matthew’s, and educated in Glenlyon Collegiate Institute, in the usual branches which precede a University course. But ambition, a private fortune, and the example of an older brother, all combined to interfere with the University career to which this promising student had been destined. And in his seventeenth year, young Hay broke his home-ties and sailed for Philadelphia.

After some years of close study of the new environing conditions, Mr. Hay decided upon the career of an educator. His progress was singularly rapid. In 1870, he became English Master of the Ury House School. The next year he was appointed Superintendent of Schools and Head of the High School in Newcastle, Del. After five years of hard, uninterrupted, and successful teaching, the confinement told on his health, and he resigned to become Prefect of Girard College in Philadelphia. Since that time, Mr. Hay’s work has been confined to the moulding of character and intellect in Girard’s great institution, and to the literary work, for which his location in a great and cultured city gives such considerable scope. Within recent years, too, as editor of Household News, he has had ample opportunity to preach able sermons from his favourite text—" The necessity of good reading by the fireside."

Not, however. as a Manxman—although in that designation he is unique in Philadelphia ; nor as a teacher—although thousands of young men cherish most dearly the ideals which he implanted in them ; nor as a critic—although his published criticisms upon Shakespeare have aroused most fulsome applause; but as a poet will Henry Hanby ‘ Hay be remembered by posterity . Two volumes of poems, "Created Gold " and "Trumpets and Shawms," have been produced by his prolific pen, which possesses’ the merit of originality in form and theme.

His stirring descriptions, his poetic fire, his "firm touch and clear insight," have won for him high encomiums from America’s best critics. This sketch cannot be more aptly concluded than with the hope for the continuation of Mr. Hay’s fine work, which has already caused Richard Henry Stoddard to link his name with that of Edmund C. Stedman. [bur Douglas St George's 1942]


 Sydney Mees

THE REV. SYDNEY MEES is No. 2 minister of the Douglas Wesleyan Circuit. He is a native of Somerset, and was, prior to entering the ministry, a tutor in a private school. Mr. Mees became a local preacher at the early age of 17. On being accepted for the ministry, he received special training at Headingley College, Leeds. In 1871 he was first stationed to a circuit, at Montrose, Scotland. Since then the itinerancy has afforded him a widely varied experience of English circuit life ; his residence in Douglas dates from September, 1895.



Mr. HENRY DUKE is one of the most valued contributors to the Examiner He is a patriotic Manxman, and his writings are eagerly read by all classes of the people. He was born 36 years ago in the parish of Arbory, Isle of Man. Though a frequent contributor to the Press, Mr Duke controls, successfully, the Newcastle branch of the well-known Manchester house of Messrs J. & N. Philips & Co., whose employ he entered 17 years ago. His business necessitates daily railway journeys, and most of his reading and note-taking is done in the carriages of the North Eastern Railway company. Mr Duke is a man of varied tastes and wide reading, but literature, science, and sociology are his greatest hobbies. For a man whose pursuits are essentially commercial, he has a large and appreciative circle of literary friends and acquaintances. Mr Duke is well known aud popular in the south of the island, which district he generally visits three or four times a year. He is an ardent Radical, and is aprominent member of the Newcastle-on-Tyne Liberal Club.


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