[taken from Chapter 9 Manx Worthies, A.W.Moore, 1901]

EVAN CHRISTIAN (b. 1803, d. 1874),

of Lewaigue, was a descendant of the Ewan Christian (see p. 71) already mentioned. In his early life he was a soldier, but returned to his native island when quite young. He at once became an earnest local preacher in connexion with the Wesleyans, and indeed he devoted so much of his time and energy to religious work that he somewhat neglected his property and died in very poor circumstances. Like many of his ancestors, he was captain of the parish of Maughold. Some time before his death he was presented with a testimonial in token of his unwearying, exertions in the temperance cause. In one of the obituary notices of his career he is referred to as having spent fifty years "in relieving the troubles, losses, and trials of his fellow-countrymen, in warning the erring, in reclaiming the drunkard, in preaching the Gospel to, the poor in assisting the striving, comforting, the widow, caring for the fatherless and orphan, in works of charity mercy, and brotherly kindness ;" and, according to another account, " his uniform uprightness in business, his evident desire to sow seed by all waters, and to do good in his day and generation, will be remembered, and will surely bear good fruit."

see also under Methodists and W.W. Gill's account.


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