Isle of Man Family History Society Journal Volume v no 2 April 1983


An Extract from "The History of Cedar Co., Iowa" published 1878

"CORRIN, EDWARD, farmer, Sect 2; P.o. Durant; owns 120 acres of land; son of John and Ann Cowley; born on the Isle of Man, England (:), Jan 29, 1824 came to the United States in 1849; to this county in 1855. On the 11th of July, 1850, married Miss Lelia Sturgis, daughter of Aaron and Charity of Fairfield, Conn., have seven children - Aubernett, born Jan. 27, 1851; James E., born Feb. 12, 1857; Joseph E., born Oct. 30, 1861; Samantha E. and Eliza M. (TWINS), born Apr. 29, 1863; Sarah A., May 9, 1866; and George, born May 22, 1868.

Many thanks to Mary Penberthy for the above information.



By Renee Cowley and Douglas Sweaney
Continued from Vol V, No l
Thomas Bridson was a man of some force of character and evidently inherited some of his mother's ambition and drive. He had strong religious beliefs which he applied in his daily life and in the upbringing of his family. He was a strict father, a non-smoker, a teetotaller and was active in the Salvation Army. He was accustomed to hard work. It will be recalled that he started farm work at the age of 12. Later, as a young man he went to sea with the herring fishing fleet, visiting Kinsale in Southern Ireland and waters elsewhere.(Derbyhaven used to be the chief fishing port in the Isle of Man [fpc - not at this period, Douglas was major trading port from 17th century onwards, Port St Mary and Peel were the two fishing ports] He did this for several seasons, probably as a means of supplementing his income from farm work. On moving to Douglas he acquired a horse and cart and undertook haulage work, carting rock and stone from the quarry behind the horse-tram depot on the approach to Onchan Head. This was at a time when there was a good deal of building work in Douglas to cater for the developing tourist trade. Many of the boarding houses on the promenade were built at this time. He showed his business sense by subsequently acquiring a horse-drawn char-a-banc or "roundabout" in which he took visitors for excursions. Later he went into small boarding houses in Derby Road and Stanley View. Finally, he took the lease of the "The Walpole" in Walpole Avenue (no doubt named after Spencer Walpole who was Governor of the Isle of Man 1882-1893). "The Walpole", a boarding house with 50 bedrooms, catered for "boarders" and "non-boarders"(non-boarders were people who could afford full-board and who brought their own food which was then cooked for them). "The Walpole" was well placed for passengers arriving by boat from the mainland and a good trade was built up before the First World War.

In all these changes, and the progress made, his wife Ann Elizabeth Bridson played a full part. As has already been mentioned she was half Manx and half Irish. She had some of the characteristics of both. As a young girl she was brought up to speak Manx and did not learn English until she went to school. In later life she still retained a knowledge of the Manx language. She was warm-hearted and generous, with a friendly disposition and was a great talker. She was full of stories about fairies and witches and about people she knew in the country districts. She was well informed about the Delany and Bridson family histories and often talked about them. It is a pity that no record was made of some of the fascinating tales she told. She was very enterprising.It took a lot of courage to take on a place the size of "The Walpole". At that time she and her husband had no capital and little experience. Thomas Bridson kept on with his job at first. Then as the business got established they both devoted themselves to it. But it wag largely due to her that it succeeded. In a way she was the "The Walpole". It revolved around her. All the visitors knew her. She dealt with them and their requirements. She engaged and organised the staff. She gave the Walpole its atmosphere. Apart from the visitors she was well-known in the town. She kept a sort of "openhouse" and people were always dropping in to see her. It was mainly through her efforts and influence that the family progressed from its humble origins.

The daughters, particularly Maggie and Janie, helped considerably in the running of "The Walpole". The business ceased during the First World War, but re-started immediately after the war and flourished until 1927 when Thomas and Ann Elizabeth Bridson retired. The business was then taken over by their daughter Maggie and her husband Avey Cowley. Ann Elizabeth Bridson died in1930 aged 72 and Thomas Bridson in 1949 aged 89.

It will be seen that over the years from the end of the 18th century the Bridsons were small landless peasant farmers with large families. In the 19th century the growing pressure of population and the difficulty of making a living from a small farm led a number of Bridsons to emigrate to New Zealand. With the advent of the 20th century the families- became smaller and the members of it left farming and branched out into a variety of other occupations.

Thomas Bridson himself left farming to work in Douglas- in the growing tourist industry. His eldest child Lizzie became a teacher in Birkenhead and later married William Sweaney a naval officer and lived in the South of England.
Robert trained as an engineer and went to sea. He later married Gertrude Shimmin and became general manager of Gelling's iron foundry on the South Quay at Douglas. He was also a director of the Douglas gas company and of the brick works at Peel.

Maggie married Avey Cowley an engineer in the Alfred Holt blue funnel line. When he retired from the sea in 1927 they took over "The Walpole" and later a boarding house in Hutchinson Square. Janie was in the Salvation Army and did social work in the East End of London where were problems of poverty, ignorance, drunkenness, and violence to contend with. Later she married Harry Hill a widower from Manchester who became headmaster of Peel school. Tommy was also in the Salvation Arny, as was his first wife Marjorie, and they spent some years in charge of a leper colony in Java, then in the Dutch East Indies. Stanley, who .married Fanny Quine, ran a boarding house in Circular Road and also worked with contractors in Douglas. Sidney, who married May Quine (unrelated to Fanny), ran a taxi taking visitors on tripe about the Island, and later was for many years in charge of the water works plant at Glencruchery. Sidney and May lived in the resident engineer's house there until his retirement.

A feature of the Bridson family over the past 200 years has been its location on farms within a comparatively small area. They thus kept in close touch with each other. Now people travel much more and the family has spread. Some are in England, others further afield in New Zealand and other parts of the world (two are in the merchant service in the Pacific). Most of them keep in touch with the Island, however, and visit it when they can and and return there to work or to retire.
Notes on the Bridson Family Tree Note A
We know that Robert Bridson born 1784 was living at the Tuck Mill at the time of the 1861 census. He was then a widower aged 77. we do not know when he died.

Note B

Catherine Bridson born 1814 married Thomas Quayle and they had a son called Thomas. All three were living at the tuck Mill at the 1841 census. At the1851 census the parents were still there.

Note C

Margaret Bridson born 1817 had an illegitimate son James Mickle born and baptised in Santan in 1838. The son was living with the Bridson grandparents at the Tuck Mill in 1841 and 1851. There was another illegitimate grandson James Morrison born in 1848 and he too was at the Tuck Mill at the 1851 census. It is not known who his mother was. Robert and Esther Bridson had 5 daughters and one of then married Roly Jones, a doctor in Csstletown.

Note D

At the 1861 census for the Tuck Mill, Robert Bridson and Iasbella his wife are shown as having a son Robert aged 11. But Isabella was born in 1835 -o it would -ee- that the son was born when his mother was 15. She came from Lonan a parish in another part of the Isle of Man (Laxey area). It therefore appears that the father Robert Bridson (born 1827) went to work there as a young man (and possibly returned to the Tuck Mill after his mother's death).The son Robert was presumably born in 1851. He was not baptised until 3rd September 1854 at St. Marks when the parents were living at Ballig, Kirk Braddan.

Robert Bridson (born 1850) emigrated to New Zealand as a young man. He went to Invercargill, one of the southernmost places in the South Island. He did not like it and decided to return to the Isle of Man. There were no regular sailings, but he went to Dunedin in hope of obtaining a passage. On arrival he found that a ship had sailed a few days earlier. He was therefore stranded. But on the quay he met a local farmer who offered to put Robert up. The outcome of this was that Robert met the farmer's daughter Mary and they decided to marry. All idea of returning to the Isle of Man was then abandoned. They brought up a familly in the South Island and they and their descendants constituted the ."South Island Bridsons". Information obtained in New Zealand in 1973 from Mrs. Kathleen Sayle showed that Robert and Mary Bridson had 6 children as follows Robert Jim Henry Margaret Isabel(Belle) Another daughter who died young.Robert and Jim were in the Army in the 1914-18 war and visited the Walpole in Douglas. Later they were tea planters in Malaya and had to escape from there when the Japanese invaded that country in 1941. Robert had a daughter Helen who is married but has no children. Henry was wounded in the 1914-18 war. He never married and in now dead.Margaret never married and is now dead.Isabel (Belle) was in 1973 a widow (Mrs. Black) living in Auckland aged about 76 years.

Note E

At the 1861 census Thomas William Bridson is shown at the Tuck Mill aged 1 and Ann Elizabeth Delany at Ballaglea aged 2, a "nurseling".

Note F

Richard Samuel Bridson (born 1862), known as Uncle Dick to the children of Thomas William Bridson, married and lived in a cottage at Cordeman, a farm near St. Marks where he worked. He had 8 children as shown on the family tree.Alice went to New Zealand with Robert about 1908. They each married. Alice (now deceased) lived at Napier and her daughter Joyce is married and living there. Robert (also now deceased) farmed at Waikato (near Hamilton) and had a family of 3 boys and 1 girl. Isabel (Mrs. Gates) visited New Zealand about 1970. Her son Robert is in Napier.Note GJohn Bridson farmed Ballacricket (Ballacricyrt) farm at Ballabeg, but has now retired and lives at Castletown. One of his daughters Kathleen married Arthur Boyle and emigrated to New Zealand about 1953. They went first to Napier and stayed in the house of Aunt Alice while she and her daughter visited the Isle of Man. Kathleen and Arthur then moved to Auckland where they have a house at Papatoetoe. Aunt Belle lives nearby. Douglas and Dorothy Sweaney visited Kathleen and Arthur at Papatoetoe in 1973.Note HLizzie Sweaney spent the years 1914 to 1918 in Kirkliston, Scotland, to be near her husband William Sweaney, a naval officer, who ship HMS Tiger was based at Rosyth. At that time she had 2 children, Douglas and Norman. After the Armistice she travelled to the Isle of Man where twins (Alan and Marjorie) were born in April 1919 at the Walpole. In June 1919, she and the 4 children returned to Gillingham, Kent, where she and her husband had bought a house before the outbreak of war. In 1920 she found herself with 4 children and expecting a fifth (Dents). At that time her husband's ship was sent to Southern Ireland where the rebellion had broken out. (Later he was posted to Australia) She was therefore left alone with the prospect of coping with a family of 5 children of whom 3 would be under two years of age. It was then arranged that the eldest child, Douglas, should be sent to the Isle of Man to be looked after by his aunt Maggie who at that time had no children and whose husband, an engineer in the merchant service, was away at sea. Maggie had a house in Woodbourne Square, but worked with her parents at the Walpole. Douglas. aged 7, was put on the Liverpool train at Euston with some money in with some money in a small bag around his neck inside his shirt and with a label to say that ha was on his way to the Isle of Man and that his grandfather would meet him a at Lime Street Station. The other passengers left the train at Liverpool and for some minutes there was concern on the part of the railway officials that there was a "lost boy" on the platform. But as the crowded platform cleared grandfather Bridson, who was accompanied by, his sister Alice, located Douglas and they set off by tram to catch the Isle of Man boat. That was in 1920. In the Isle of Man, Douglas was brought up by his aunt Maggie and spent much time at the Walpole with his grandparents and his other aunt and uncle . He attended Murray s Road School, Demesne Road School and from the age of 9 was a pupil at Douglas Secondary School.
In 1923, shortly before her husband returned from Australia, Lizzie Sweaney and the other 4 children visited the Island for a few months and took a furnished h at Peel. Douglas 1ived with than, and travelled to school at Douglas by train each day. The family retired to Gillingham in September 1923 and Douglas rejoined them there in April 1924

The End



The October 1980 number of the Journal (Vol II, No. 4) carried an account of my research into the Kissack clan as a whole, as information about it survives in the record at the Manx Museum. It mainly issued in statistics showing the spread of the family throughout the parishes.

Since then you might say I have been taking the skeleton of the family out of the locked cupboard of the past, and putting the bones together as best I can. The reconstruction is not complete - how could it ever be ? - but a beginning has been made. Earlier than the 18th century must be considered prehistory, such records as there are present only scattered and disjointed bones. Even the records of the 18th century can do little more than suggest likely articulations, such are the gaps and discrepancies. And I have yet to tackle in depth the period from 1800 onwards, when there was compulsory registration of births, marriages and deaths, and the research will be more painstaking but ultimately more satisfactory. So what I write here are the outlines of the family's anatomy between the 17th and 19th centuries.

That paragon of genealogy ch in our Island, Goodwin, left scrapbooks regarding every Manx family and among his notes on the Kissacks, he lists the numbers of households of the name in the 1880 edition of Kelly's[sic ? Brown's 1881] directory, under the different parishes. In all there were 64. I have taken therefore the same unit for my basic reconstruction. I have used the baptismal registers of the parishes to make cartouches of parents with their children, one-generational 'trees' , including ' all dates and places of marriages and baptisms, and burial dates as I could find. At a rough count I have about 350 of them. I have indexed each household under the parish it appears) with letter symbols for the parishes, and Roman numerals for the household. Where other documents, censuses, wills, etc., record discrepancies or additional information, I have tried to add this too.

I see no point in trying to fit these cartouches into a complicated Tree, requiring some vast roll of wall paper and a confusion of lines. Rather my purpose is to make it possible for anyone to construct his own tree, as wide or as restricted as he wishes by providing cross-references. I have therefore given each household a 'from' reference attached to the father, and a 'To' reference for as many male children as I could. In this way the line can be traced up and down. (I acknowledge that as yet I have not tackled the vastly more complicated problem of daughters, while being certain that it cannot pretend to be a proper anatomy without them.)

The nub of accuracy, of course, lies in these up-and-down references. In most cases probability must be the rule. Yet corrobative information may exist. Even before civil registration, the 19th century house-by-household censuses with information of age and birth place can produce a very high degree of certainty. But earlier there are frequent logical impasses, which of course become challenge issues for detective work in research.

But if the family trees are blurred, the Kissack wood as a whole presents certain general features which can be accurately mapped

We know, for instance, from Manx recorded history, that the family was established in the Michael Sheading at the beginning of the Stanley regime in 1405, and sufficiently important to have its members among the earliest known lists of the 24 Keys. They were in trouble in 1422, through their armed assault on Tynwald meeting in Kirk Michael. Two of them were sentenced to be hanged, drawn and quartered. Yet the family fortunes do not seem to have suffered. It is even possible that they were reprieved. At any rate the name regularly appears among the Keys down to the middle of the 17th century, after which it has never featured there again.

At the beginning of the 16th century the name features among landowners in Rushen, and more significantly in Ballaugh, in the treens of Broughjearg and Balymoaney, where they probably lived in 1422. But a series of burial entries in the first years of the 17th century seem to account for three generations in less than a decade and lead to a complete absence of the name from Ballaugh baptismal entries for over a century. Yet the will of a William Kissack who died in 1600 contains a legacy of a Filcher and follower to William Kissack of Kirk Santan. Since the name Kissack appears in Santan for the first time in 1598, in the Bendoill Treen, it seems sure that the Ballakissack family derived from the Ballaugh branch. Early in the 17th century the family had extensive holdings in the Abbeylands of Lezayre, where documents imply that Kerrowmoar was 'antiently held' by the name. But there is no evidence that they came from Ballaugh. the family hold on Kerrowmoar was gradually weakened by mortgage and sale, and passed out of the family in the second half of the 19th century when John and Ann Kiasack died childless But there were several branches of the name in 17th century Lezayre, settled on lands adjacent to Kerrowmoar, notably Close-y-Killip, intack land reclaimed and taken in to Kerrowmoar from the curragh. It seems a fair inference that these families, millers, coopers and wheelwrights, came out of the Kerrowmoar family.Already in the late 17th century the name was borne by millers also in Maughold. From one of these, John Kissack, who married Mariod Christian in 1692, descend several northern ramifies which can be traced with likelihood to today, one line associated for long with the Port-y-Vullen mill. another with the Andreas family in Close-y-Sayle.Other Ramsey and Maughold families derive from Phillip and Alice Kissack, Alice's father being Hugh Kissack of the Nappin, Lezayre. The Rhenab Kissacks so descend to Major Jackson Kissack (who now resides on Ballamona, Ballaugh, the treen where the name lived in 1500), and his brother John, currently Town Engineer, of Ramsey. Descendants of another (the Ballagorrey) branch are living today in CaliforniaFrom the Close-y-Killip branch stemmed the line that produced James Kissack the Grocer. A John Kissag (1705-1775) became a shopkeeper in Ramsey?, his son Willliam (1745-lS1 ) diversified and vastly increased the business, and was worth £10,000 at his death. His son William (1775-1824) had a Ropeworks and ships, and his son James (1816-1893) set us his grocery business in Prospect Hill, Douglas. In turn his son Edward Thomas as director of the IOM Railway, had locomotive 13 named after him in 1910. One of his sons was Col. Harry Kissack, for many years sword-bearer at Tynwald, one of whose sons, William, has just retired to the Island after service with the Rhodesian Police.My own family is of the Close-y-Killip branch, and comes from Ewan Kissack, a half-brother of John, the shopkeeper of Ramsey. Ewan, a Miller of the Kella, had 14 children and 30 grandchildren. In fact out of the 118 Kissack baptisms in the 18th century Lezayre, 40 were either his children or grandchildren. But it is only through his youngest (and illegitimate) son Isaac (1776-1838) that his line can be traced to today. Isaac had 5 sons and 6 daughters. William (1754-1861) moved about 1820 from Lezayre to Cronk-y-Voddy, and from him descends my grandson, Robert Ghan (b. 1975). From Thomas (1797-1892) descends the family of Alex Kissack of Onchan, and from the third son John, Miss Mabel Kissack, of Warrington.There are evidences of Kissack families in the17th century in Lonan and Douglas. Indeed some early 18th century wills suggest some linkage between the Millers of Maughold and Kissacks of Douglas. It is probable that the family established in Rose Cottage, Crosby, descend from a William Kissack of Douglas (the Fiddler, and maybe also called 'the Soldier'), through a son Philip (b. 1701) and a grandson, Henry (b. 1726). Certainly they descend from the Philip, whom I take (without evidence at all) to be Henry's son, a Cottier, and later Margaret Kinread. His sons and grandsons, and their progeny have followed constructional and engineering careers. The Crosby Kissack tree can be traced with great precision to such contemporaries as Derry Kissack the Builder.A nother family, represented today by the Rev. Westby Kissack and Mr George Kissack, the Registrar, can be traced back with confidence to a Thomas Kissack who married Jane Bridson at Braddan in 1808. One of their sons, James (b. 1813) was a Flax-dresser at Tromode. James's eldest son Thomas was a Miller at Union Mills and later Glen Wyllin. His second son William was a Coachman in Douglas in 1871, a third, Philip, married Ann Jane Cornish in 1865, the fourth was James, a Mariner, (1849-1932), whose wife was Eliza Clague, and from them descended the late Frank Kissack, the accountant of Crosby. The youngest son, Robert (b. 1855), a Blacksmith of Hope Street, Douglas, was the great grandfather of Westby Kissack, Steam Packet Captain and ordained priest on retirement.Jurby was the parish with most Kissack families in the 19th century. They nearly all derive from a William Kissack who married Ann Kewish at Lezayre in 1726. Their one surviving son married Esther Garrett in 1751, and they had 4 sons and 2 daughters. These sons (John, William, Thomas and Stephen) ensured that the line went on through 13 grandsons. Some moved into Lezayre. One of Stephen's grandsons, William, married Elizabeth Quiggin of Michael in 1851, and emigrated to Wisconsin, whence one of their great-grand-daughters Vesta B. Hendricks belongs to our Society. Other descendants are the family of John Alfred Kissack, Builder of Kirk Michael, whose daughter is married to Tom Cashin, the Schoolmaster. It is unclear whether Ann Kewish's husband was one of the William Kissacks born at the turn of the 17th century in Lezayre or Maughold, although it is more likely that he would descend from the William Kissag who had married Mary Garet in Jurby in 1679. Most of the Jurby Kissacks were in agriculture, though one family to shoemaking.Patrick suddenly developed a Kissack population in the 19th century. And most of them descend from a Richard Kissack, of Arbory, a Tailor, who had also served in the Manx Fencibles. Most of his descendants in Patrick were Miners, though some combined fishing and crofting with it. A descendent of this family is Mrs. Edna Harbottle, nee Clarke, of West Hawk Lake, Manitoba.In Santan a family maintained its presence in Ballakissack from 1598 to 1870, when John removed on retirement to 14, Drungold Street, Douglas. Both he and his eldest son, John, died the next year. Two other sons, Allen and Alfred, went to Ballafageen, Michael whence their mother Elizabeth Cannell had come. There were other Kissacks in Santan in the 19th century, notably at Ballahowin and Ballavale, who descend from a William Kissack from Malew who married Ann Duke in 1821. Another was that of Thomas Kissack, of Port Grenaugh, the son of Isaac from Lezayre.These families would account for about one half of the households enabling us to see the general lineaments of the family. Despite the strong early association of the family with milling and ancilliary trades, as of cooper and wheelwright, and occasional clothmaking, the great majority of the family were in agriculture, farmers, crofters, but chiefly labourers.Whatever our prehistory seems to hint at only three families attained even t notability. The Ballakissack family sustained a solid yeoman farming status for over 250 years. The Crosby Kissacks continue almost as long a tradition in the building and mechanical sector, including the development of the Peel bubble-car. But most notable were the Ramsey merchant family which had reached financial eminence early in the 19th century. They entered the professional field, as well as the commercial and industrial. James (1789-1825) was a doctor, Edward William (1837-1902) held several parish livings. Edward Thomas (1850-1928) was a dentist, his brother Alfred Douglas (1 0-1945) took up professional photography, practised at Windsor, and became official photographer to Eton.

There remains one feature of the family, and that is the mystery of the MacKissacks. These enter the parish records with the baptism at Patrick in 1760 of Robert, son of Gilbert MacKissack, and Ann Quayle his wife. This couple had 4 other sons, William (1761), Ross (1762), John (1764, died in boyhood). and Quayle (1769-1834).

The first mystery is that of their mobility. There are traces of them in 7 parishes, but particularly in two - as far apart as Andreas and Malew. Quayle and Robert were mainly in the north, Ross in the south. William's was a tragic family.he married Isabel Corlett at Michael in 1798 They had 3 sons and a daughter. The sons all died before their early twenties. William himself was a pilot, and drowned in Douglas Bay, Dec 14th 1809, when an American ship Minerva, dragged her anchors and sank in a gale on the Pollack Rocks.

The second mystery is the prefix itself. Only one branch of the family kept it up for any time. A great-grandson of Gilbert, John, born 1829, who became clerk to the Santan Lime-kilns, passed it on to his 7 children who were using it at the end of the century.

But elsewhere it disappeared. It had passed out of the northern records by 1830 Indeed it was never consistently used even of Gilbert himself. In 1771 'the wife of Gilbert Kessage' was a purchaser at a farm sale in Lezayre. Yet in Andreas registers round about 1800 it was occasionally written, seemingly gratuitously of families who never otherwise, bear it. The William Kissack who married Ann Duke in 1821, seems to have been the son of Ross MacKissack born 1795, hut no trace of it is found in the Ballavale family of Santan.

Yet the mystery appears in other epochs. It is almost as if it were a vogue in Andreas about 1800 to spell the name with it, and as if there had been a similar fashion for a year or two among vicars and parish clerks, about 1760. The name like all Manx names had been regularly spelt with the Mac two hundred years before, but not usually since the 16th century. Then in 1762 the Ballaugh register records the baptism on Jan 11th, of Philip son of Michael Machissack and Eleanor Kewley of Lezayre. It goes on to explain that the floods of the Sulby River kept him from his own parish church. Yet Michael was one of the Close-y-Killip family, which never elsewhere uses the Mac.

Yet the form is found again in several deeds of sale or mortgage about the year 1690, in transactions over the Kerrowmoar property, with John MacKissack of Mutehill , Kirkcudbright, North Britain. In these John MacKissack refers to Hugh Kissage as "my loving friend and Kinsman". Has this any significance ? There is no record of any baptism or marriage of Gilbert on the Island. Was he then from Scotland? John had written into his mortgage that if he were constrained or compelled to flee from Scotland, he reserved the right under such conditions to have as moity of the mortgage back. Was Gilbert one of John's Family, constrained to leave Scotland after the '45 maybe Did he marry a Manx girl and elect to stay ? Both of them died in 1773/4. Or did the Lezayre Kissacks have their connections with Kirkcudbright ? After all Lezayre is nearer to Kirkcudbright than Castletown.

My enquiries have been greatly stimulated when I have had questions or information from other bearers of the name, near or far, and if the above comes to the notice of any other of the ilk, I could be greatly helped by any information about any branch of the family that they might be so good as to send it to me.


R. Kissack



NB. In the foregoing, the various names of the family in documents are largely ignored, and the modern form generally used.





Kirk Patrick Aged

1770 Ann Karran, alias Radcliffe, wife of Patrick Karran, of the Creg-Lheah, died September 4th 62


1694 Catherine Karran, died November 29th -


1768 William, son of William and Abigael Callow, March 21st 20

1760 Elizabeth Karran, buried May 11th 76


1794 Elizabeth Karran, May 31st 6

Kirk Arbory

1793 John Carine, of Ballafody, March 18th 78

1764 Margaret Carin, alias Christian, died May 12th 25

Kirk Rushen

1772 William, son of Robert Carine and Isabel Kermod,

30th December

1792 John Carine, 30th March 73

John Carine, of Soroley, April 29th ur. 16th February

1794 Ann Gill, alias Carine, wife of Ed Gill, b 72

1761 Joney Carine, alias Cain, 30th November 83

1765 John Karran, 4th October 24

1769 Allice Watterson, alias Karran, buried 14th May 23

1792 Ann Karran, alias Gawn, wife of John Karran, March 8th 78

1776 Richard Carrin, buried 16th June 74


In this year there were 66 deaths registered, 41 of which were from Small-pox. At the end of 1741 there is the following not-:- "The Flux, The epidemical disorder, has been these three or four years in the Island." "Ann Cashin, Ann Quayle and Wm. Quayle" (Buried). "Note that Ann Cashin Liv'd with Wm. Quayle, Greg Voar, and that the three died in 8 days' time of the

Pleurilick (sic) Fever. Fditor

A Seafarers Epitaph

Collected from Lonan Churchyard "Capt. John Hartley, O.B. Decr. 20th 1799

"The Boisterous blasts o'er Neptune's Waves,
Have tots me to and to and fro
In spite of both by God's decree I anchor here below.
Although I here at anchor be, with many of my fleet
I hope some day to sail again, Our Saviour Christ to meet".

An Extract from the Lezayre Parish Register


1660: "Rob Cottier's wife was delivered of a child, which was baptised upon the Monday, and she came to the Church to be Churched upon the Wednesday next after; and after returning home to work in the. fields she fell in labour and was delivered of another child, and came to be Churched upon the Saturday next after, in the. same week: Churched twice in one week. This I certify to be the truth - Edward Crow, Minister.


Mrs. Grissel Quayle als. Ross, wife of the Rev. Mr. Quayle vicar of this Parish, was struck dead in her bed by a thunder-bolt or lightning which came in at the chimney the 21st day of July, being Thursday, between the hours of eleven and twelve at night, and was interred in her father's grave at Kirk Malew Churchyard on the 31st day of the said month.

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