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Leah, Miles, Congregationalist + PM LP
Originally associated with Congregationalists; appeared as first LP on PM plan of 1824. Possible disagreement as in LP minutes [MM MD717/20] 6 December 1830 'Miles Leah to have appointments' but by 20 June 1831 'Miles Leah to come off plan'
In Piggot's Directory of 1823 appears as druggist in Ramsey, in 1837 Directory appears to Malew Street, Castletown where he was 'Chemyst and Druggist'. Not found in 1841 census.
Lewin, Juan, 1768-1857
Quote from D. Craine "Mannannan's Isle" (Chap XVI pp246/7):
A second Jurby author in that language was the remarkable Juan Lewin who was Parish Sumner in the first half of the nineteenth century, though this office did not debar him from being a Methodist preacher.
A native of Lonan, he settled in Jurby at the end of the eighteenth century and resided there until his death at the age of eighty-nine in 1857. For many years he lived alone in a cottage at the Lheeanee Vooar on the Summerhill road, and nearly opposite a dwelling occupied at a later period by John Kissack, a shoemaker, who provided the folk-tune collectors with the air of 'Ramsey Town'. These clay built cottages have now vanished.
Juan was a tailor, but his undisciplined temperament could not accommodate itself to continuous application. His mind wandered from his humdrum work, and his customers were sometimes more surprised than gratified with the eccentricities which appeared in their garments.
Miss Christian Callister, who made a number of Jurby figures of the nineteenth century the subject of her sympathetic pen, has drawn a graphic picture of the Sumner in old age—a tall gaunt man, his long hair falling on bent shoulders, and from under shaggy brows, when the mood was upon him, his eyes gleaming with fanatical fire. At such times he strode along the country roads striking the ground with the staff which was the symbol of his office—a prophet of woe, tormented by dark visions of a sinful world slipping to perdition. He heard the warning voice of God in wind and storm, and strongly moved at such times he knocked at the doors of startled cottagers with the cry, 'Who has sinned and come short of the glory of God?' and called upon men to repent.
The rhyming comments on aspects of life in Jurby for which he was noted and which gave great entertainment to his fellow parishioners have perished. They were scribbled on odd scraps of paper when his fancy was stimulated by some story or subject met with on his journeys through the parish.

Like a number of other Manx writers he was credited with the authorship of the famous Carval ny Drogh Vraane. What is more certain is that he was part translator of several temperance tracts into Manx and wrote two ballads: Arrane er Ineeyn Irrinee (A Song on Farmers' Daughters) and Yn Chenn Dolphin (The Old Dolphin) which are included in A. W. Moore's collection

Lewin, Thomas (PM)
Quote from Curry:
The mainstay at Baldrine for many years was Thomas Lewin, in many respects a remarkable man.In his time he was the best known and most popular local preacher on the Island. He was much sought after to speak at Camp Meetings and open-air school anniversaries. His great earnestness and abundant. vigour, made doubly forcible by large intelligence, made him a most interesting personality and effective speaker.
Son wrote short memoir "Fragrant Memories of my Father Thomas Lewin"
Lewthwaite, Anthony, (WM)
Son of Alexander Lewthwaite, paper-maker who immigrated from Egremont to IoM 1789
No 20 on Douglas Circuit Plan in Aug-Oct 1823; still on the plan in 1852 (then no 5)



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