[From Manx Families, A.W.Moore, MS 1889]
This family has been settled in the Parish of Rushen from an early date. The first of any note was William who was Captain of the Parish in 1651. The next conspicuous member of this family was Edward (born 1770, died 1837)1 . He went in for brewing and made a great deal of money 4 with which he purchased Kentraugh and other property in Rushen. He was a younger brother. The elder branch of Mount Gawne, who have never been in any way conspicuous, are now extinct in the male line. Edward married Catherine Moore of Pulrose (see Moore's of Pulrose) and had issue one son and four daughters, of whom only Amelia, who married Edward Pedder of Preston, Banker, and Edward Moore had issue.
Edward Moore 2(born 1802, died 1871, buried at Rushen), married in 1835 Emily Maria, daughter of Colonel Richard Murray and granddaughter of the Duke of Athol, and has issue (1) Edward (see below), (2) Richard Murray, who married and has issue. He is Rector of Reynerston, Norfolk. (3) Henry Jephson, who was in the Royal Navy. He retired and married Francis, daughter of Captain Edward Dumergue. He is now (1888) farming in Canada. (4) Eden Heywood, a brewer at Scarborough. He married and has issue. (5) John Moore, a Captain in the 4th "King's Own' Regiment, married.
Also 5 daughters [of Edw & Emily]: (1) Emily Catherine married in 1864 John Quayle, HK, CP, JP of Crogga (see Quayle's); (2) Frances Alicia Mary married the Rev Robert Dempster Bonner, MA, Vicar of Greatness, Shrewsbury; (3) Isaline [sic Isalen so named after Isabella Ellen Hope, wife of Governor Hope] married Charles Ogden, son of the late Attorney General of the Isle of Man; (4) Katherine [sic she used Catherine] Eliza married Edward Roscoe, Barrister; (5) Annie married [Willie] Roscoe, brother of the above.
Edward (see above) was Captain in the 79th Highlanders (died 1869) married in India in 1858 May Hodgson 3 and had issue Edward, the present representative of the family, and May. Edward (the father) sold out of the Army and during the last years of his life resided at Pulrose where he died.
1 JMO: Monumental Inscription, Kirk Arbory: Sacred to the memory of Edward Gawne Esquire, of Kentraugh, who departed this life the 4 October 1834, in the 65th year of his age .
2 Edward Moore Gawne was Captain of the Parish of Rushen, a magistrate, and for many years, Speaker of the House of Keys, which office he filled to the greatest satisfaction of its members. He was universally respected and beloved in the Island.
3 JMO: Monumental Inscription, Kirk Arbory: "To the memory of Edward, eldest son of Edward Moore Gawne of Kentraugh, Esq, and some time Lieutenant of Her Majesty, 79th Cameron Highlanders. He served his country in the Crimea and India. He was born 7 June 1836, and died 29 July 1869. Also to the memory of Emily Maria born 16 April 1862, died 5 October 1863. And Ashley, & Douglas born 11 July 1864, died 13 April 1866, children of the above Edward Gawne. Their remains are interred at Almorah, India. Mary Anne Isabella Hamilton, his wife born November 16, 1832, died May 1, 1885. Ethel Kate McLeoce, their daughter, born February 21, 1867, died June 17, 1885."
4: FPC Edward Gawne who acquired Kentraugh was also a sharp lawyer who took advantage of a Manx law which as Bluet in Advocates Notebook states:
NOTE. By the Act of Tynwald promulgated 6th July, 1835, the law as to "lapsed mortgages" is happily altered, and now, upon the expiration of twenty-one years from the date of the mortgage, the mortgagee may levy his money by execution, and thereunder sell the property given in security (or other property of the actual mortgagor), and pay himself from the proceeds, the mortgagor being entitled to the balance, if any; but at no time can he now (as heretofore) by virtue of a lapsed mortgage obtain or retain possession of the estate without regard to its relative value, to the prejudice of the mortgagor's right to redeem.-See Jeffcotf's Statutes, xxii.
By running farmers into debt via alcohol he was able to acquire much land in the agricultural depression that followed the Napoleonic wars