[From 1911 MacDonnell Inquiry]
MEMORANDUM RESPECTING THE GOVERNMENT CHAPLAINS REQUESTED BY LORD MACDONNELL
AT THE INQUIRY AT DOUGLAS ON MAY 18TH, 1911.
These chaplains were appointed by statute to offi-
ciate at Castletown at the time the Governor was in
residence there, and also when the soldiers were sta-
tioned there. The chaplain at St. Johns acts only for
half an hour when the laws are promulgated at Tynwald.
Hill on July 5th each year.
The position of the one at Castletown. is quite obsolete.
The chaplain at St. Johns is unnecessary, as the
work could easily be done by the chaplain to the House
of Keys, who is always present at the ceremony.
Each of the two chaplains is paid 100l. per annum
out of the Insular funds.
A vacancy having occurred through death,
On March 30th, 1910, the following motion was
proposed in the House of Keys by Mr. T. H. Cormode,
the member for Peel:-
" Whereas, owing to the withdrawal of the
troops from the Island, there is now practically
no work for Government chaplains, and such
office is virtually a sinecure, this House therefore
respectfully requests his Excellency the Lieu-
tenant-Governor to take the present opportunity
of reducing the number of such chaplains."
This was discussed. and carried without a division.
On April 20th, 1910, the Lieutenant-Governor was
asked about this matter in Tynwald Court. He replied
that the position had been offered and accepted by a
clergyman before the receipt of the letter.
May I add that there is also 50l. per annum paid
to Rev. Mr. Wakeford, Vicar of Onchan, as chaplain
to the Governor and to the gaol.
ROBT. MARSHALL, M.D.,
Member for North Douglas.