[taken from Chapter 1 Manx Worthies, A.W.Moore, 1901]

CHARLES CROWE (b. circa 1660, d. 1726)

, is supposed to have been a son of the Rev. William Crowe, Vicar of Jurby from 1645 to 1690, and to have been born at the Nappin, in that parish. His grandfather was the Rev. Edward Crowe, Vicar of Lezayre in 1621. Edward's grandfather, William, was vicar of the same parish from 1603 to 1614, and his (Edward's) father, Silvester, was its vicar from 1614 to 1624. CHARLES CROWE went to Ireland, in 1680, in the humble capacity of amanuensis He then became a teacher in, and afterwards head master of, St. Patrick's School in Dublin. He was afterwards chaplain to Laurence, Earl of Rochester, who was then Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, and at the same time Rector of the parish of Coenab, in the Diocese of Leighlin and Queen's County. In 1702, he was promoted to be Bishop of Cloyne, being consecrated in Christ Church, Dublin. He seems to have been an estimable prelate and to have conferred many benefits upon his diocese, among which may be mentioned his recovery for the see of the Manor of Donoahmore, containing 8,000 acres. At his death, he left nearly the whole of his property to the widows and orphans of his clergy, and to educating a number of poor boys. Nor did he forget his native island. By deed, dated the 9th February, 1718, he, for the nominal sum of £40, and, ' in consideration of his respect and affection to the Isle of Man, more particularly to the parish of Trinity, Lezayre, granted all and every the houses and lands of right belonging to him in the said parish to the Rev. Henry Allen, Vicar of the said parish, and his successors for ever.;'* Since Crowe, no Manxman, as far as we know, has been elevated to the Episcopal bench. [written pre 1900 and eg Bishop Drury]

* we learns from bishop Wilson's note book that his widow gave £100 (Irish) for the widows and children of the Manx clergy.


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