[taken from Chapter 3 Manx Worthies, A.W.Moore, 1901]

 ROBERT JOHN MOORE (b. 1816, d. 1884),

the only son of Robert Moore, of Peel, and Elizabeth Clark, was admitted to the Manx Bar in 1838, and became High-Bailiff of Peel in 1853. Three years previously to this, he had been elected as a member of the House of Keys, and, when the self-elected House came to an end in 1867, he was chosen member for Peel in the new House, and continued to represent the same constituency till he retired, owing to ill-health, in 1881. Both in his capacity as Secretary to the House of Keys, and as an indefatigable worker on boards and committees, he proved himself a most useful member of the Legislature. To the Harbour Board, in particular, his services were very valuable. For Peel, too, he did much useful work, especially in the direction of promoting education. and of forwarding the work for the preservation of the castle and cathedral in which he took very great interest. Like Paul Bridson, he had a remarkable knowledge of Manx families, and a great love for the antiquities, history, laws, and customs of the island. He made a hobby of collecting Manx books and newspapers, a portion of his collection being now in the Free Library at Douglas.

A man of great amiability and geniality, he was greatly esteemed and respected by all classes. A stained glass window has been erected to his memory in the new church at Peel.


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