[From List of Manx Antiquities, 1930]


Pre-Christian Remains.


1. Arderry. Foundations of Cairn, about 50 by 60 ft; Cist exposed near boundary line between Braddan and Conchan, at a point below the wall which figures a horse and a man in white quartz. O.S. X.7

2. Tumulus, Slegaby, about 233 yds. N.E. of the School at Hillberry. This may be Oswald’s ‘Cairn composed principally of stones that seem to have undergone the action of fire.’ Mx. Soc. v, p. 62. U.S. X/16

3. Tumulus, Ballachrink, about 250 yds. E. of Hillberry. Urn found. O.S. X/16

Can these have any cotmectioim with the ‘Group of Barrows near the mountain gate of time Cronk ny Mona road.’ mentioned by Oswald, Mx Soc. v, p. 62?

4. Oswald further records as on Ballachrink, ‘a ruin of the same kind (i.e. as the Cloven Stones) with a circle of stones at its base.’ Mx. Soc. V. p. 62. (O.S. X/16)

5. Tumulus about 165 yds. E. of Begoade house showing burnt bones and soil. Now gone. (O.S. XI/13)

6, 7. Sites of Tumuli near the avenue to Begoade house. One about 40 yds., the other 200 yds, s.w. of the house; in field called Cronk ny Urn. Flint found and Urn; since broken and thrown away. (0.S. XI/13)

8. In field known as Kamemooar, i.e. Big stile, about 300 yds. N.E. of Ballakilmartin, is a paved platform, 15 ft. diam. surrounded by stones on edge. This looks like the base of a Tumulus. Burnt soil and stones. (O.S. XI/13)

9. The White Lady. About 350 yds. s.s.w. of Glencrutchery house, at a point marked on the U.S. as ‘Chapel.’ Stone graves and pottery have been found. Y.L.M., p. 4. O.S. XIII/4

10. Pottery and Flints have been found also, about 500 yds. s.w. of Glencrutchery and on the same level as the last. (O.S. X1II/4)


1. Ballachrink. ‘Not far distant’ from the Tumulus and Circle, ‘the indistinct remains of a circular Encampment.’ Mx. Soc. v, p. 62. (O.S. X/16)

2. Magher y caggee, i.e. Field of the Battle, Ballanard. About ¼ m. N.E. of Castleward. Moore, in Manx Names, p. 178, says ‘Forty years ago (i.e. 1850) this field contained a complete semi-circular entrenchment but it has since then been almost entirely levelled.’ (O.S. XIII/3)

3. Ballaquayle. Oswald, Mx. Soc. v, p.60, after mention of ‘small positions of defence and enclosures to which inhabitants might retreat,’ refers to ‘one on the Ballaquayle stream at Douglas about 150 yds. from its estuary, now made into a garden.’ (O.S. XIII/8)

4. ‘The old Fort’ on Pollock rocks at the entrance to the New Pier, taken down about 1816, when Major Holloway repaired Castle Rushen and constructed Batteries on Douglas Head and at Peel Castle. Townley, p. 71. Figured by Feltham, 1798; Frontispiece Mx. Soc. vi. (O.S. XIII/12)

Keeills or Chapels.

1. Buried foundations of Ch. with B.G., Lower Sulby, Abbey lands. About 100 yds. E.N.E. of house and 200 yds. s.W. of Upper Sulby. O.S. X/16

2. Foundations of S. Martin’s Ch. and B.G., Treen of Alia Begode. About 200 yds. N. of Ballakilmartin house. The farm road has cut at an angle through the Chapel but there remains a stone-lined mound about 2ft. high, running s. for 6ft. and E. and W. for 20ft. Lintel graves. O.S. XI/13

3. Site of Ch. and B.G. on Ballaquayle, Treen of Douglas, By the w. side of Cronk Bray road; about 233 yds. s.w. of S. Ninian’s Church. (O.S. XIII/8)

4. The Chappell of Douglas (1673). This was close to the present Electricity works, and the Cattle Market was probably the old Churchyard. J.J.K., p. 219. The name here ‘S. Martin’s Lane’ suggests an ancient site, called after S. Martin of Tours, (O.S. XIII/12)

5. S. Mary’s Church. The old market and Fairy Ground may be on the site of the B.G. close to Bishop Wilson’s S. Matthews (1711)—J.J.K. p. 225. A document, 1511, C.R.P., records that Anthony," Bishop of Durham, Patriarch and Lord of Man, gave the Church of S. Conchan to the Monastery of the blessed Mary of Douglas in full jurisdiction O.S. XIII/12.

Fair Grounds.

At Douglas, 20 April, i.e. the Eve of S. Martin’s Feast in Rome. Recorded 1802-8. Proc. n.s. iii, p419. At Douglas also on 12 Nov., probably where the Douglas market now is. The Hollantide Fair still held. Id, 48, and J.J.K. p. 225.

Sacred or Healing Wells.

Ballachrink, Ballig. Good for sore eyes if visited at daybreak on Easter morning—W.W.G. (O.S. X/16)

Watch and Ward Stations.

Hill of the Day Watch, the Howe (now Howstrake). Night Watch, Port Conchan. C.R.P.

Loose Relics.

Flint implements, Glencrutchery.

Axe-head, Begoade, 5*in. by 2-in. Y.L.M. iii, p.116.

Polished-stone axe-heads, M. 1256, Ballaquayle, 1291. Village, 580. Another found by Mr. Lewin on the Chasa, near the Church, ilin. by 3~ to 2in. and 2*in. thick, sent off the Island.

Hammer.stones, M. 2.

Bronze Axe-head, M. 945.

Saddle-stone, with roller, found on Glencrutchery.

Cross-slabs at the Parish Church, 25, 74, 85, 92, 93, 141.

Gable-cross set up at the foot of the Church Tower.

Sundials. 1, Highton, stone, horizontal, square, 1675, 2, Copper, horizontal, ‘George Barn, 1708.’ M. 327. 3, Stone, square, 1845. 4, Wood, in form of a plain Latin Cross. M. 1272.

Coins. At Slegaby,a Gold Noble of Edward III. Mx. Soc. xvii, p. 35. Anthony Bek, Lord of Man, 1298-1310.


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