[From IoM Examiner Annual 1925]
The Rev. Canon C. L. Thornton-Duesbery
Great satisfaction was expressed throughout the Island orr November 28th last, when the announcement was made of the appointment of the Rev. Charles Leonard Thornton-Duesbury, rector of Holy Trinity, Marylebone, London, to the bishopric of Sodor and Man, rendered vacant by the lamented death of Dr. Denton Thompson. The ceremony of consecration is to take place at York Minster, on February 24th next, and the enthronement at St. George's, Douglas, a few days later. The new Bishop is a native of the Isle of Man, having been born at Glen Helen, and being a son of the late Captain W. Thornton-Duesbery, of Ballacosnahan, Patrick, and a brother of Mr. Hugh Thornton-Duesbury, of Ballaveare, Port Soderick. He is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, and after being ordained at St. Paul's Cathedral, held a curacy at St. George's-in-the-East, London-where one of his fellow-curates was the Rev. R. D. Kermode, now vicar of Lezayre. Prior to taking up holy orders, he was for a number of years a lay worker at St. George's, Douglas. He has held livings at St. Mark's, Barrow ; St. Peter's, Islington ; Leyton, Essex and his present cure at Marylebone. Besides being a gifted preacher, he has marked capacity for organisation ; he is chairman of the Sunday School Institute, chairman of the Home Committee of the Church Missionary Society, and vice-chairman of the Church of England Temperance Society in the London diocese, He is unmistakably an Evangelical. He is well-remembered in the Isle of Man as a fine exponent of Rugby football.
senior member for North Douglas, was first elected in 1919, by a triumphal majority over all contestants which was clearly a recognition of Mr Norris' services to the cause of democracy in the Isle of Man for the previous 25 years. He is a native of Manchester and came to the Island as a reporter for the defunct "Manx Sun," but now carries on business as a printer and publisher He founded the Manx Reform League, which did much to achieve a remodelling of the Constitution, and that. war-organisation the " Fight-for-Freedom Leauge." His activities in connection with the latter body led to his being imprisoned for nearly a month for contempt of court. He is chairman of the Board of Advertising and vice-chairman of the Old Age Pensions Board.
was first elected to the House of Keys at a bye-election in 1921. He hails from Blackpool, but came to Douglas as a boy of fourteen. He was formerly in business as a painter and decorator, and also as a restaurant proprietor, but he is principally remembered as having been responsible for the feeding of some 28,000 aliens, and their military guard, at Knockaloe Detention Camp during the Great War. He entered the Douglas Town Council in 1911, and is now commencing his third successive term as Mayor. He was made a Justice of the Peace in 1921. He has made a most liberal and energetic civic head, and has rendered the Island as a whole excellent service on the Board of Advertising, the Highway Board, and the Board of Agriculture.
just elected for North Douglas, is probably the youngest member of the new House of Keys. He is a son of the late Mr Frank J. Johnson, Registrar of Deeds, and has practised as an advocate since 1912, with the exception of the entire period of the Great War, in which he served as an officer in the Royal Field Artillery, and was wounded at the Battle of Messines. Until a few weeks ago he was in partnership with Mr W. Lay, High-Bailiff of Ramsey and Peel, and that gentleman's son Mr Howard D. Lay. He has been a member of the Douglas Town Council for the past four years. He holds the office of Tithe Agent, and is a prominent figure in the Sodor and Man Diocesan Conference and its committees; and he is most ardently interested in the Manx Legion and in the Douglas "Court" of the Ancient Order of Foresters.
was 40 years old on the day before he was first elected to the House of Keys, in November, 1919. He had been in unsuccessful
candidate at a bye-election a few months earlier. He is a linotype operator by calling, but has for the past few years found
whole-time employment as district organiser for the Workers' Union. Previously he had been branch secretary of that organisation
and had already become a recognised leader of the Labour movement in the Island. His achievement as organiser of the famous
" Bread Strike" in 1918 is unforgettable. In 1919, just prior to securing his seat in the Legislature, he became
the first Labour magistrate ever appointed in the Isle of Man
attained success as a parliamentary candidate last November, after previous essays both in North and South Douglas in 1918, 1919 and 1921. He served his time as a baker with the late Mr Thomas Murray, Douglas - where he came into contact with his future colleague, Mr T. Callow - and was for a short time in business on his own account, but latterly he has followed the occupation of commercial traveller and commission agent./ He is ardently interested in athletics, and recently became secretary of the Isle of Man Football Association. He has been an active champion of the Labour cause for upwards of twenty years, and has been a director of the Manx National Health Insurance Society, elected by the insured persons, ever since its formation. Some years ago he sat, avowedly as a Labour representative on the Douglas Board of Guardians.
has represented Ramsey in the House of Keys since the death of Mr W. T. Crennell in 1918, and is now the fifth oldest member of the House. He is one of the most eloquent speakers in the Legislature, and his capacity for mastering a subject quickly, and his power of lucid exposition, make him almost invaluable when a momentous and complicated measure is under consideration. There is scarcely a local organisation in Ramsey to which he does not belong, and does not give unstinted service. He was for twenty one years editor and proprietor of "The Ramsey Courier," and is a director of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company.
has more solid claims to distinction than arise from his membership of the Legislature, for he is the author of several brilliant plays in the Manx dialect - "Luss-ny-Graih," "The Dooinney Moyllee," "The Charm," "Illiam Kodhere's Will," and the lesser-known "Club Day" and the "The Third Boat" - which have given delight to thousands of Manx people. A fervent patriot, he is the present president of the Manx Society. He was apprenticed to the sailmaking trade, but after an adventurous career in England, in the United States, and at sea, he settled down in his native town of Peel to persue the occupation of monumental mason. He won a sweeping victory for the Labour cause in 1919.
the elder son of the Receiver-General, is not quite forty years of age. He has twice enjoyed the distinction of being the only member out of the twenty-four who was re-elected unopposed, although he had to fight for his seat in the first instance, at a bye-election in 1919. He served throughout the Great War, and indeed was only demobilised while his election was in progress. He is a member of the Council of Education, a trustee of his old school, King William's College. Like Mr A. H. Teare, the member for Ramsey, he is an acceptable Wesleyan local preacher
MR JAMES ROBINSON CORRIN
MR. AMBROSE QUALTROUGH
was first elected to the House of Keys in December, 1919, alter having failed of election a few weeks earlier by only eight votes. He is a native of Arbory, and has tenanted the farm of Balladoole, in that parish, for a number of years. He has been actively associated with the various agricultural organisations in the Island, and in the local affairs of his own parish, also, he has borne the burden and the heat of the day.
MR. GEORGE FREDERICK CLUCAS
MR. CHARLES GILL
MR. DANIEL JOUGHIN TEARE
MR. JOHN WILLIAM CANNAN
MR. EDWARD JAMES CURPHEY
MR. WILLIAM FREDERIC COWELL
was born in Douglas, but, has spent most of his life at Peel, carrying on a most successful business as butcher, both in Peel and Douglas. He is now in partnership with Mr James Clinton as a corn and seed merchant. He is also a practical farmer, being one of the largest rent payers of the district. He occupies the estate of Ballawattleworth and other lands, and has been a successful exhibitor at the Agricultural Shows for many years. Since his election to the House of Keys in 1916, he has served on the Board of Agriculture and the Harbour Board. He has taken an active interest in the local public life in Peel, and for many years was chairman of the defunct Western District Higher Education Board, and of the Peel School Board. Mr Dalgleish is one of the strongest champions of the Temperance cause to be found in the Legislature. He is an ardent Primitive Methodist, having filled most of the Positions open to laymen - including that of representative of the Liverpool District, to which the Isle of Man belongs, to the Annual Conference of the Church.
in his capacity as legislator is particularly qualified to pronounce upon the probable effectiveness of proposed laws, for he filled the office of Deputy-Chief Constable from 1912 to 1920, during part of which time, owing to the Chief Constable being appointed military commandant over the Aliens' Detention Camp ac Douglas, his duties were more than ordinarily responsible. In 1920 he retired on pension, after 33 years' service. He was first elected to the House of Keys in April last, to fill the vacancy caused by the elevation of Mr E. Callister, member for Glenfaba, to the Legislative Council, and he was re-elected in November last He is a native of Glenmaye, and spent his earlier years in Glenmaye and Peel. He is also well-known in Ramsey, where he was police inspector for several years. He is a member of the Peel Town Commissioners, and is one o:f the leaders in Insular Oddfellowship.[see who-is-who 1925]
has just obtained a victory for himself and for the Labour cause, of which he is one of the doughtiest champions in the Island, after three previous defeats in 1913, 1915, and 1919 He is a native of Peel, and returned to that town to take up residence after his retirement on pension from the Liverpool Police force about fifteen years ago. Despite the vigour of his platform denunciation of constituted authorities in general, he is in private conversation one of the most amiable men imaginable. Like his colleague, Mr Walter C. Craine, he has served on the directorate of the Manx National Health Insurance Society since that body was first formed ; and he is an ex-chairman of the Peel Town Commissioners. He is also the representative of Peel on the executive of the Isle of Man Football Association.
MR WALTER KEWLEY COWIN
newly-elected member for Garff, farms Moaney Quill, Lonan, but is native of Maughold. As a lad he came to Douglas to serve his apprenticeship as a baker with his uncle, the late Mr Thomas Murray and he was afterwards in business on his own account for a short period. He has for a number of years been a church-warden at Lonan and has served upon the Lonan Board of Guardians
who headed the poll in Ayre a few weeks ago, is a native of Douglas, but spent the greater part of his life in Castletown, in the employ of the late Mr. James Mylchreest, H.K., grocer and wine merchant, to whose business he eventually succeeded. A few years ago he took up farming at Staward, Lezayre, and at present he resides at "St. Helena," just outside Douglas, but he keeps up constant contact with Castletown, where he has business interests, being chairman and managing director of the Castletown Brewery Co., Ltd. He is also a director of the Douglas Steam Ferries. Prior to his, entering the Legislature, in 1919, Mr Cain had for years taken an active interest in political questions, and was one of the founders of the Manx Reform League. He has most actively interested himself in movements for the uplift of agriculture, and is responsible for the introduction of the Agricultural Credits Bill, and the Act which reduces the farmers' rates during the present period of depression. He is also exerting himself to secure the establishment of a co-operative bacon factory, and of farmers' cooperative societies generally. Another hobby of his is the encouragement of village debating societies. He is a member of the Old Age Pensions and National Health Insurance Board, and is chairman of the sub-committee of that Board which has practically abolished unemployment ;among Manx men this winter. Her was to a large extent the founder of the World Manx Association, of which he was president for the first few years.
On the 16th October last Mr. James Bell completed the fortieth year of his service as clerk to the Ramsey Town Commissioners. Mr Bell, who is 73 years old, was born at the Crossack farm. Malew, and on both the paternal and maternal sides he is a member of families well-known in the parish of Rushen. As a youth he emigrated to the United States, where he entered the building trade, and on returning to his native Island, he worked as a foreman mason until his appointment at Ramsey, which, as already indicated, dates from October 16th, 1884. Mr. Bell has proved himself a most efficient and reliable administrator, with a fine grasp of financial policy which has often stood his employers in good stead. Mr. Bell was one of the founders of the Isle of Man Municipal Association, and acted as secretary to that body for ten years. He is a local preacher of very many years' standing, and is at present secretary to the Ramsey Wesleyan quarterly meeting. He is an ex-president of the Isle of Man Christian Endeavor Union, and has identified himself with numerous forms of religions and temperance activity.
the new member for Ayre, is a descendant of the late Mr. John Christian Crellin, who sat in the House of Keys from 1886 to 1907; of Dr. John Frissell Crellin, who sat from 1843 to 1874; Mr John Christian Crellin, who sat from 1817 to 1842; Deemster John Frissell Crellin, who sat in the Keys and the Legislative Council from 1793 to 1816; the Rev John Crellin, who sat in the Legislative Council as Vicar-General from 1798 to 1808; and Mr. John Frissell, who sat in the Legislative Council as Attorney-General, and also in the House of Keys, for a good many years in the middle of the eighteenth century. The Crellin family have more recently beem settled at Orrysdale, Michael, and at Ballachurry, Andreas, where the subject of this notice now resides. He was educated at King William's College, and, with three brothers, served in the Great War, and was awarded the Military Cross with Bar. He was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1921, and in 1918, on the resignation of the late Mr R. S. Corlett, was made captain of the parish of Andreas.
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