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

ROBERT CORRIN (b. 1823, d. 1899),

of Knockaloe, Patrick, the eldest son of Thomas Corrin, was educated at the Peel Grammar and Mathematical School, and afterwards entered the grocery business. He was also interested in the fishing industry at Peel, to which, after a time, he entirely devoted himself. In connexion with this he established a net factory and, so excellent were his nets, that he obtained a large sale for them, not only in the island, but elsewhere. But his chief title to remembrance is his discovery, some forty years ago, of the value of the Kinsale mackerel fishery. He sent boats there at his own risk, and thus became the pioneer of a most valuable industry. Prior to this time the Manx fishermen only went to the fishery in summer and autumn. It will, therefore, be seen that the result of this discovery was, not only to employ capital more profitably, but to give increased and remunerative employment to thousands of people. His knowledge of all questions, whether practical or scientific, connected with sea fisheries, was very remarkable, and he was justly esteemed the greatest authority on them in the Isle of Man. As late as 1898, he sent a valuable contribution on the subject of the habits of the herring to the insular Industrial Commission, which was published by them in their report issued in that year. By his energy and ability were not confined to his own affairs. He took a great interest in public work being, between 1870 and 1876, a useful and respected member of the House of Keys. In 1883, he was appointed a justice of the peace, and in 1892, captain of the parish of Patrick. His career has been " a distinguished one and the manner in which he acquitted himself in whatever position he held gained for him the good will and esteem of his neighbours."


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