Rev. William Radcliffe whose biography given in the Methodist
Magazine for April 1838 (he was born in 1775), states that his
parents were among the first Methodists in this part of the
Island[Kerrowgarrow]. A Society Class met in their house
for many years .
Radcliffe, William Thomas Rev.
R.B.Moore describes him: "William Thomas Radcliffe was a
Manxman, descended from
a well known northside family. He was a strikingly handsome
man, a thoughtful and persuasive preacher, a faithful pastor and
he gained the affection and esteem of the whole circuit in unusual
measure." J.E.Douglas states that "Manx traits of reticence and
cautiousness were prominent in his personality".
Born Douglas 4 Jan 1816; scholar at Thomas Street Sunday School
where he was converted at age of 16. Became active in S/S, Local
Preacher on the plan and in 1838 was one of the first to enter
Methodist Institution to train for ministry in which he
served for 59 years. Minister at Douglas 1883-5 and chair of
District - retirement 'present' as became supernumary in 1886.
Vannin published 1897, which gives a portrait of Manx
In 1777 Thomas Rutherford was the circuit preacher, and in his
diary he wrote 'I think they would have driven us out but for the
Governor, a mild, humane men 'even so Rutherford was forbidden to
preach in Douglas on pain of imprisonment, but his country
preaching seems to have escaped notice.