[From List of Manx Antiquities, 1930]


Pre-Christian Remains.

1. Site of Cairn, Cashtal-lough, on the boundary with Jurby, at 100 yds. S. of the house. O.S. IV/2

2. Burnt soil and fragments of Pottery with worked Flints found on the face of the brooghs, Crawyn. (O.S. IV/6)

3. Tumulus, Ballamona-beg, now levelled, about 333 yds. N.W. of house. O.S. IV/6

4. Cist with outline of surrounding Circle, found in 1877 on Rectory Glebe, about 110 yds. N. of the old Church. (O.S. IV/6)

5. Cinerary Urns, with bone-needle and fragments of Bronze ornament, found in 1881, on Ballakoig, about 150 yds. S. of the mouth of the Stream. (O.S. IV/6)

6. Urns from the brooghs about 100 yds. further S. than the last. A small one, of Food Vessel type, had been used as a Cinerary Urn. (O.S. IV/5)

7. Crook Coar. Site of Tumulus about 333 yds. s.w. of Ballabeg, levelled. This may be referred to by Oswald, Vestigia, Mx. Soc. v. 50, ‘In one near Ballaugh, about 10 ft. high, which I opened about 45 years ago (i.e. 1815) I found three small Urns about 12 ins, high., of unbaked clay, having a narrow beading encircling their margins.’ Fragments of two Cinerary Urns, 1928-9. (O.S. IV/10)

8. Corvalla, Tutnulus locally known as ‘the old Churchyard,’ surrounded by boulders of white quartz. About ½ m. s.w. of Ballabeg house. (O.S. IV/10)

9. Garey meen. Tumulus on Dollagh-mooar by the road from the old Church to Ballacrye, and about 150 yds. N.E. of the Polly. O.S. IV/10

10. Site of Crook Siceilt in field by Alpine Cottage, about 370 yds. s.w. of Broughjiarg mooar. Numerous Urns found. (O.S. IV/14)

11. Cist on the Croit Horn Ralfe, Bishop’s Dernesne, with extended burial and a Food-vessel by the side of the skeleton. (O.S. IV/14)

12. Standing Stone about 26 yds. N. of last. O.S. IV/14

13. At 170 yds. s.w. of the Standing Stone, another Cist was found in 1888, with skeleton. (O.S. IV/14)


1. Cashtal lajer, i.e. Strong fort. 60 yds. diamn. About 500 yds. SE. of Cronkould house. O.S. IV15

2. Site of Fort on Slieau Curn, the west side of Ballaugh Glen. (O.S. IV/14)

Keeills or Chapels.

These are described, with Plans and illustrations, in the Third Report of the Arch. Survey 1911.

1. S. Mary’s, the old Parish Church, about 700 yds. from the shore, is supposed to be on the site of an ancient Keeill. Freehold. Within the Church is the only Cross-slab found in this parish. O.S. IV/6

2. Site of Church, Treen of Brocjiarg; about 670 yards N.N.E. of Orrisdale house. O.S. IV/9

3. Faaie ny Cabbal, Bahlamnooar, Treen of Carmodall. Site of Ch., 18 ft. by 12 ft., and B.G., south of the bridge in the village, about 140 yds. up the Glen, on E. side of the road. O.S. IV/14

4. Site of Ch., Crook Skeylt, Treen of Ballacurn. Both Cronk and Keeill were remembered as late as 1864. Mr.J.C. Crellin thought that the highroad had been cut through a part of it. (O.S. IV/14)

5. Keeill Moirrey, Carmodal beg. Treen of Carmodall. N. of S. Mary’s Glen, ½ m. from the highroad and 83 yds. s.w. of the house. O.S. IV/14

6. Cabbal Ruhlickey. In Manks Advertiser, 1826, this is referred to as Cabbal Ronnican, and Mr. Kneen, p.458, thinks the present form a corruption of that Saint’s name. O.S.IV/14

Fair Grounds.

There was a fair latterly in Ballaugh on 15 May, and S. Roincheann’s day being 3 May, this may have been in connection with the Cabbal Rullmckey—J.J.K., Proc. iii, n.s

Fair held 15 August (Os.), Laa’l Moirrey Toshee, Mary’s chief Feast Day, on the green at the Dollagh. Recorded by Feltham and held within recent times. Proc. n.s., p. 75.

Sacred or Healing Wells.

Chibbyr Voirrey, 150 yds. seaward from Ballakoig farmhouse. Between the tides ; bubbling up through the sand.(O.S. IV/2)

Chibbyr Pharic, Slieau Curn. Visited on first Sunday in August.

Chibbyr y Chiarn on the mountain, E. of the road to Montpelier; good for sore eyes and for deafness.

Chibbyr laish or Lace, in the curraghs : ‘esteemed by health-seekers from the Northern parishes’—W.W.Gill. This is given by Moore as Chibbyr glass

Watch and Ward Stations.

Day Watch and Night Watch at Whetstone Hill, a name now unknown in the parish. Possibly at the foot of Ballaugh stream. C.R.P.

Loose Relics.

Flints from the brooghs and from Cronk Coar, with fragments of Cinerary Urns. Urns M. 995 and 571.

A ‘Stone axe’ is recorded as found with remains of Cervus megaceros. Arch. Camb. XI, 3rd Series, p. 429. Is this the one mentioned by Cumming as from below the peat?

Polished stone axe from the Curraghs, M, 595.

Cinerary Urn, M, 571.

Food—vessel, Bishopscourt, M, 995

Bone Needle and fragments of Bronze from a Cinerary Urn, M, 1640.

Cross-slab, Scandinavian; in the old Church, b06.

Sundial, 1813; slate, horizontal, At old Church gate.

An iron Broadsword and Spear-head found in the village in 1824; was in the Edinburgh Museum. Mx. Soc. v, 171.

Iron head of Pikestaff, Curraghs. Y.L.M., ii, 191.

Rush-light holders (2), M.

Broken stone mortar, 10½ in. diam.Brooghjiarg.

Coins: about 1844, a groat of Henry VII was found at Ballaneddin: Mx. Soc., XVII, 41.


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