[From Manx Quarterly, #9 1910]


Died April 10th, 1910.

James Moore
James Moore

Death on Sunday, April 10th, removed a gentleman who, in his day, had taken a prominent part in Manx public life. Mr James Moore, draper, had for over a year been in indifferent health, but up to a fortnight ago be was quite able to get out and about, and always he preserved that cheerfulness of demeanour which was his leading characteristic. At the commencement of last week, however, he had a seizure which prostrated him, and rendered necessary his removal to Noble's Isle of Man Hospital for purposes of surgical operation. His malady was an internal one, and so serious that it was recognized that even with successful operation his life was in imminent danger. At the Hospital, Dr Pantin operated in able fashion, but in spite of the skill displayed in treating him, Mr Moore, on Saturday of last week commenced to sink rapidly, and at three o'clock in the morning of Sunday he passed away, in the presence of his wife and of his eldest son, Mr Ramsey B. Moore, advocate, Douglas.

The late Mr Moore was born at East Aust, in the parish of Lezayre, his father being the proprietor of that estate. On his father's death, Mr Moore succeeded to the ownership of the estate. After receiving his education in the North of the Island he as a youth came to Douglas to serve his apprenticeship to the drapery business, with the well-known firm of Quine and Archer, then the principal drapers in the Island. Over thirty years ago he left the service of the firm and commenced business in partnership with Mr George A J. Burn in premises in Victoria-street, Douglas. The partnership was carried on until 1900, when it ended and the business was dropped. Subsequently Mr Moore conducted a drapery and fancy goods business in one of the shops at the Victoria Pier buildings. Mr Moore's first intimate association with public life was in 1884, when he was elected a member of the Douglas School Board. Heart and soul he engaged in the work of education, and for about sixteen years he rendered yeoman service to the cause with which he became so vigorously identified. On election to the board, he became chairman of the School Management Committee, and in 1887 he was appointed vice-chairman, Mr G. A. Ring, the present Attorney-General, being chairman. On the resignation of Mr Ring from the board ten years later, he was appointed chairman, which post he held with marked ability and success until his resignation in 1900. He took a prominent part in the provision of Hanover-street Board School, the Park-road Higher Grade School, and Murray's-road School. A firm upholder of the board school system, he was sufficiently broad-minded to recognise that under existing conditions voluntary schools must form a portion of the educational machinery, and this being so, he ever did his utmost to encourage the work of elementary education in schools provided by the enterprise of religious bodies. He was in great measure responsible for the introduction of free education in the Isle of Man, his strong convictions leading hint to regard school fees as a great drawback to efficiency in the working of schools. Recognising, too, the soundness of the adage, mens sana in corpore sane, he was one of the promoters of the Free Dinners for School Children and of the Boot and Clothing Fund, institutions which always had his cordial support. For many years he was treasurer of the Free Dinners Fund. For a period, too, he was a member of the Douglas Board of Guardians, and far a year hold the post of chairman of the Board. He came of a Wesleyan Methodist family, and an taking up residence in Douglas he identified himself with Victoria-street Church (then Thomas street), for some time being a. teacher in the Sunday-school connected with the church. In other ways Mr Moore took a deep interest in public, social, and political life. His views in this last-named connection were decidedly Liberal, and to the end he was a firm believer in and supporter of the party of progress. He married a daughter of the late Mr J. Clucas, grocer, Strand-street, Douglas, and she survives him. Four sons and one daughter mourn the loss of an affectionate father.

The funeral took place on Wednesday, the internment being at the Borough Cemetery. Despite the heavy rain, there was a very large attendance Most of the public bodies of Douglas were represented, and all parts of the Island contributed to the gathering which followed the coffin from the residence of the deceased gentleman (Bradda Mount) to the grave. The chief mourners were Messrs Ramsey B., Arthur Stanley and Herbert Moore, sons of the deceased, and Messrs A. Caley and W. Clegg, brothers-in-law. The service was conducted by the Rev W. H. Moseley, chairman of the Douglas Wesleyan Methodist district.


Captain Torrance, master of the S.S. Sarah Blanche, of Douglas, died somewhat unexpectedly on April 2nd. Capt. Torrance had a large circle of friends, and was very much respected by those who knew him. For a fortnight he had not been well, and his doctor ordered him to take a complete rest, but no serious consequence was anticipated. On. Saturday he took a turn for the worse, and died at his residence, Hawarden-avenue, Douglas He was 47 years old. Some time ago he was mate of the Queen Victoria, under the late Captain McQueen, leaving the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co.'s service to take over the command of a new passenger steamer built by the Belfast and County Down Railway Co., which ran from Belfast to Bangor and other North of Ireland Ports. The Irish company did not pay, however, and the steamer was sold. About four years ago, Captain Torrance took charge of Messrs Andrew Knowles & Son's steamer Sarah Blanche The funeral took place on Monday, the interment being at the Borough Cemetery Captain Torrance was a modest and unassuming, but skillful and brave mariner. He made same memorable channel passages, and often proceeded to sea when other masters of ships feared to leave port. He is deeply mourned by his wife and child.


The death is announced of Dr Samuel McBurney, eldest son of the late Dr Isaiah McBurney, formerly of Douglas. Dr Samuel McBurney, who had attained the age of 65 years, was brought up in Douglas, where, his father conducted a large and very successful private school He learnt the Tonic Sol-fa system of musical notation in childhood from the late John McLelland, and was throughout life an earnest and unceasing advocate of it. Settling in Australia in 1870 for his health, his activity, educational zeal, unselfishness, religious earnestness, and musicianship soon brought him to the front. With Mrs McBurney he conducted for many years a ladies' school in Geelong. In 1891, he came to England for a year, and went through the whole musical course at Trinity College, Dublin, passing Mus.B. and Mus.D. in the space of six months; and on taking his degrees he visited the Isle of Man, and delivered a course of lectures on music. He returned to Australia, but the foolish prejudice against Tonic Sol-fa there prevented the full employment of his remarkable educational powers. However, he found plenty of work to do, and is mourned by a large circle of pupils and friends.


Died April 8th, 1910.

Mr Caesar Kelly, of 3 Mineral-terrace, Foxdale, one of the oldest, as he was one of the most respected residents of the mining village died on Friday, April 8th, 1910. His passing is deeply regretted, as in the course of a long and useful life he had gained the esteem and affection of all who knew him. Over a fortnight ago Mr Kelly, who was 79 years old, contracted at chill, following on which a severe cold set in. On Saturday, the 6th March, he came to Douglas on business while far from well. He, was, however, cheerful and hopeful of recovery, but on his return to Foxdale he grew worse. On Easter Tuesday, he again came to Douglas, and called at the residence of his niece by marriage, Mrs A. E. Rothwell (formerly Miss Amy J. Kennaugh, of Foxdale), 10 Westminster-terrace. On reaching the house, he was much exhausted, and Dr Hamilton was at once summoned by Mrs Rothwell. The doctor immediately ordered Mr Kelly to bed, and pronounced him in imminent danger. He was suffering from influenza and pneumonia, but it was hoped that a man of his splendid physique and well-ordered life would recover. These hopes were, however, doomed to disappointment. At times he apparently rallied, but the malady had too firm a hold. On Wednesday of last week, his condition became worse, but he bore himself patiently and even cheerfully He grew weaker on 'Thursday night, and from then he gradually sank until death took place shortly before ten o'clock on the following night. Conscious almost to the end, he has passed away peacefully. In his last days he was comforted by the ministrations of the Rev F. Stubbs, Vicar of St. Barnabas', Douglas, and formerly Vicar of Foxdale, an old and valued friend Two days before death occurred he was also visited by his lifelong comrade, Mr Thomas Fargher, of Foxdale, and by Mr Moses Lace, formerly of Foxdale. In his illness too, those of his grandchildren who are resident in the island came to see him frequently, as did his sister, Mrs Edward Bawden of Douglas, and other relatives. Throughout his last illness he received constant and skilful attention from Dr Hamiilton, and was assiduously nursed by his niece.

The late Mr Caesar Kelly was born near St. John's. a district with which his family had long been identified. After leaving school, he served his apprenticeship as a joiner, and subsequently worked as a journeyman in Douglas. Many years ago he was appointed carpenter at the Earey Vines, and after the closing of these mines he occupied a familar position at Foxdale mines, until his retirement four or five years ago. He was a remarkably clever craftsman and carried out at the mines some, exceedingly difficult work with pronounced success. He also built house and shop property at Foxdale, which he disposed of some years ago. Mr Kelly married a daughter of the late Captain W. Bawden, of Foxdale. She died about 36 years age. He leaves surviving two sons, Mr Herbert Cæsar Kelly and Mr Frederick Morcom Kelly, who are in America His eldest son, the late Mr Sidney Bawden Kelly, formerly master of Cronk-e-Voddv School, died seven years ago, leaving two sons,Thomas Cæsar Kelly ;and Herbert S. B. Kelly, and three daughters, the Misses Minnie, May, and Edith Kelly. Mr Caesar Kelly was also predeceased by his daughter, Mrs Camaish, who left two children, both of whom reside with their father in America. Surviving Mr Kelly are his brother, Mr W. Kelly, of Shakespeare House, Peel, and his sister, Mrs E. Bawden, of Douglas.

The funeral took place oil Monday afternoon, and was attended by a large gathering of friends. Among the mourners were Mr T. C. Kelly, Master H. S. B. Kelly and the Misses Minnie, May. and Edith Kelly (grandchildren); Mrs E Bawden (sister), Miss E. Kelly (niece), Mr Thomas Bawden (cousin by marriage), Mr A. E,. Rothwell, Mrs Callow, Douglas (niece); Mrs Cain, Douglas (sister-in-law); and Mr H. Q Kennaugh, Douglas (grand-nephew). The coffin was covered with beautiful wreaths and other floral tokens cf respect and affection sent by relatives and friends. Kirk Marown burial grocund was the place, of internment, the body, whieh was enclosed in a fine oak coffin fitted with brass furniture, being deposited in the grave in which repose the mortal remains of Mr Kelly's wife. A dcputation frown the Tynwald Lodge of Oddfellows, of which lodge Mr Kelly was an old member, journeyed with the cortege from Douglas to Kirk Marown. At Ballahutchin the precession was joined by a carriage containing Captain Kitto, H.K., Captain. Frank Kitto, and Mr John Nicholls, engineer at Foxdale Mines. Many other Foxdale people met the funeral at the church gates. The funeral service was impressively conducted by the Rev A. E. Clarke Vicar of Marown, and the Oddfellows' funeral service was fittingly read by Mr J. Shimmin, of Foxdale.


Death on Sunday, April 17th, removed one of the oldest and most respected of Douglas residents, in the person of Miss Sarah Croughan, a lady who had attained the advanced age of 91 years. Miss Croughan, up to very recent years, was remarkably active in body, while her acuteness and clearness of intellect continued to the end Failing eyesight kept her indoors a good deal during the closing period of her long and useful life, but down to a few months ago she frequently took carriage exercise. She was daughter of the late Mr Andrew Croughan, who in the first half of the nineteenth century was a merchant and manufacturer in Douglas. Her eldest sister, now deceased, was the wife of the late Mr Charles Caley, merchant, Douglas, father of Mr Alderman Caley and of the late Mrs Dalrymple Maitland. Another sister, Miss Frances Croughan, also died a few years ago at an advanced age, but yet another, Miss Mary Croughan, survives, and spends serenely a green old age at Fort William. Miss Sarah Croughan and her unmarried sisters had a lifelong connection with St Barnabas' Church, Douglas, and were among the most generous supporters of the institutions in connection with the church. They, were too, prominent and munificent supporters of Douglas charities. In her day, Miss Sarah Croughan not only gave to these charities liberally from her purse, but of her time, she being a most indefatigable worker among the poor. The funeral took place on Wednesday morning, the interment being at Braddan Cemetery.


Died April 2nd, 1910.

A.B.H. Story
A.B.H. Story

Mr Anthony Brown Herbert Story, Secretary to the Lieutenant-Governor, Clerk to the Council, Treasurer of the Isle of Man, Supervisor of Public Buildings, and Registrar General of births, marriages, and deaths for the Island, died at his residence, Douglas, on Friday, April 22nd, 1910. Mr Story, who was 72 years old, has been in indifferent health for some years past. Last November an internal malady compelled him to keep the house, and ever since he has been incapacitated from giving full attention to the duties of his various posts. This week a change for the worse set in, and yesterday morning his condition was hopeless. Death came peacefully, and he passed away in the presence of those members of his family who are on the Island.

Mr Story was a son of the late Mr A. B. Story, of St. Albans. In 1857 he emigrated to Australia and engaged in agricultural pursuits. From 1859 to 1869 he engaged in cattle and horse breeding in Queensland. In 1862 he, was appointed a magistrate for Queensland Territory. Returning to England in 1869, he studied for the Bar, and was admitted in 1873 Middle Temple). While in Australia, he wielded a somewhat prolific pen and contributed political articles to Queensland newspapers, his articles on the financial crisis of 1868 as affecting the Colonies causing a considerable sensation and being regarded as of great value. He also wrote sketches and reviews for various magazines in 1874, he was appointed by the late Lord Loch, then Lieut.-Governor of the Isle of Man, as Secretary to the Governor, Clerk to the Council, and Treasurer of the Island, on the resignation, of the late Mr John Thomas Clucas, father of Mr J. D. Clucas, H.K. Later on he was appointed Supervisor of Public Buildings and Registrar General. In the latter post he succeeded the late Mr Claude, Cannell. Mr Story also held the office of examiner of candidates for admission to the Manx Bar. While his health permitted, he was most earnest and able in the discharge of his duties. Upon legislative, administrative, and financial questions which had engaged the attention of the Insular Government and Legislature during his residence in the Isle of Man, he was a very encyclopædia, and he also had a marvellous know edge of matters which came under the purview of the Imperial Government affecting the Isle of Man. His annual reports as Registrar-General were ever models of conciseness and clearness. Mr Story married a daughter of the late Mr Alexander Dick, M.P., of Sydney, New South Wales, who survives him. The one daughter of their marriage resides in the Island and is unmarried. The three surviving sons of the marriage are in Queensland. Mr Story served under five Governors of the Isle of Man, viz., Lord Loch, Sir Spencer Walpole, Sir West Ridgeway, :Lord Henniker, and Lord Raglan In private life, Mr Story engaged much in study of literature. He was also a most ardent horticulturist, his knowledge of gardening being much above the average. He delighted in rearing exotic plants, and the garden attached to his Douglas residence presented quite a tropical aspect. Mr Story was a member of the Junior Constitutional Club.


Died April 22nd, 1910.

On Friday afternoon, April 22nd, at 5 o'clock, Mrs Sophia Jane Goulden, of 9 Strathallan Crescent, Douglas, passed away. She had been in poor health for same months. She had an attack of double pneumonia, from which she partly recovered, although it left her very weak. Unfortunately, on Thursday afternoon she had a relapse, which ended fatally, as stated above. Mrs Goulden, who was 75 years old, was the only daughter of Mr and Mrs Craine, who lived in Lonan, where she was born. They afterwards came to reside in Douglas. Miss Craine, who was an unusually good-looking young lady, was married when only 18 to Mr Robert Goulden, of Manchester, and went to live there. Her mother (Mrs Craine), who lived in Christian-road, finally went to live at Strathallan Crescent. To Mr and Mrs Goulden were born six sons and five, daughters. One son (the eldest of the family) died when 2 years old. In. the order of birth the names of the children are: — Walter R. C., of Manchester ; Emmeline, who married Dr Richard Pankhurst, the eminent barrister and jurist. Since Dr Pankhurst's death, about ten years ago, Mrs Pankhurst's career has been well-known as the founder and leader of the Women's Social and Political Union, for the enfranchisement of women. The next are: Edmond B., of Manchester ; Mary, married to Mr John Clarke, of London; Herbert B., of London; Effie, married to Mr F. Bailey, Ramsey ; Robert, Manchester; Ada, married to Dr Bach, London; Alfred Harold, Manchester; and Eva Gertrude, married to Dr Brown, Flixton, Manchester. Besides Mrs Pankhurst, her daughters and Mrs Clarke are all active workers in the, suffragist movement. Miss Christabel Pankhurst, LL.D., one of Mrs Pankhurst's daughters, is a most gifted lady and has qualified for admission as a barrister. and is secretary of the movement. Mrs Goulden having herself a vote, naturally approved and was entirely in sympathy with them in the matter, and was greatly enthusiastic to secure the vote for women. Mrs Goulden has lived far about 40 years at Strathallan Crescent, and her husband died there on April 24th, 1892. She was a bright and attractive personality. Her children have all risen up and called her blessed, and it was with great pleasure they visited their mother from time to time. Mr Walter Goulden, owing to indifferent health, lived with her. — The funeral took place on Tuesday morning, at Braddan Cemetery. The mourners were: Messrs Walter Edmund, Herbert, Robert, and Harold (sons), Mrs Clarke, Mrs Bailey, and Mrs Bach (daughters), and the Misses Sylvia, and Phyllis Bailey (granddaughters) ; Mr T. Kelly, Mr James Craine, Mr A. M. Jackson, Mr W. C. Holloway, Dr Faraker (Peel), Mr S. K. Broadbent, Mr P. White, and others. The Rev C. E. Barlow officiated at the church and graveside. Many beautiful wreaths were sent by relatives and friends. — The funeral arrangements were efficiently carried out by Messrs J. and J. Spence and Co., of Athol-street.

[see Patricia de ban Suffragettes: the Manx Connection Proc IoMNHS&ASoc X #4 pp381/392 1998]

            1798 Jurby
  Thomas Quine = Catherine Teare
             1831 Onchan    1874 Braddan
William Craine =(1) Jane  (2) = John Morrison (Mariner)
 b. c.1810     |   Bp 1812       d.1888 Douglas
 d. 1866       |   (Jurby)
               |  d. 1889
      |       1853 Braddan
  (Sophia) Jane = Robert Goulden
  bp 1853       |  bp. 1830 Manchester d. 1892 Douglas
 ---------------+---------------- (11 Children)
                |    1879 Manchester
             Emmeline = Richard Marsden Parkhurst
     b. 14 July 1858  |   b. 1839 Manchester
     d. 4 June 1928   |   d. 5 Jul 1898 Manchester
 +--------------------+-----------------+ (5 Children)

It would appear that William and Jane Craine ran a lodging house - Tynwald House, 3 North Quay which is where Sophia and Robert Goulden met; they moved to Manchester; Robert was the only son of Richard and Mary Brownridge and from humble begginngs as an errand boy rose to become a Calico Manufacturer. He was interested in the Theatre as well as being an ardent Liberal who was on Salford Town Council 1870-1877.

Dr. Richard Pankhurst was a distinguished barrister and well-known figure in Political life in Manchester on the Liberal wing - he was influential in the passing of the UK 1882 Married Women's Property Act..


Died July 16th, 1910.


By the death off Mr Charles William Coole, which took place on July 16th, the Manx Bar has lost one of its most prominent and able members. Mr Coole for some considerable time had not enjoyed good health, and about a fortnight ago he developed a serious illness, under which he bore himself with great fortitude. Towards the end of last week he sank rapidly, and eventually passed away at his residence, Salisbury-terrrace. He was the second son of the late Mr James Coole, merchant and ship owner, Douglas, and was born, bred, and educated in Douglas. The principal portion of his education was received at Athol Academy, Douglas, a famous school of thirty to fifty years ago, conducted by the late Dr Isaiah McBurney, one of the finest scholars of his day in the Isle of Man. Among the many clever boys who came under Dr McBurney, few excelled in ability the late Mr Coole, who had a very distinguished career in the school. On leaving, he was entered as a student for the Manx Bar, and was articled to the late Mr Richard Sherwood, who subsequently became Second Deemster. At the same time he matriculated for London University, but did not further continue his connection with that institution. In 1877, when 22 years old, he was admitted to the Bar, and at once commenced practice in Douglas. He soon attained a well-deserved reputation as a sound lawyer and a capable pleader, and in the course of a very short time he was in the enjoyment of a large practice. His forte was company law and his profound knowledge of this subject secured him the appointment of advocate to many large companies. His court practice, too; was exceedingly large, and he appeared for one party or the other in marry "causes celebre," oftener than not being on the winning side. Of Manx history he had a profound knowledge, and particularly was his acquaintance with the ancient records of the Island an intimate one. In his student days he had the manorial rolls almost off by heart, and, though the fact is not generally known, to him must be ascribed chief credit for the production of the Manx Domesday book, a work published under the superintendence of the late Deemster Sherwood for the Manx Society In private life, Mr Coole was most genial, and his rare fund of anecdote made his company ever welcome. He was a fine raconteur, and like all good narrators he was at his best when he told a story against himself. A good sportsman, too, he was keenly interested in yachting. A fine: amateur sailor, he designed the well-known cutter yacht Dunbar, a craft which he frequently steered to victory at local regattas some fifteen years ago. Also he was an accomplished angler, and knew every pool in the Manx trout streams. Mr Coole was a member of St. George's Church congregation, and when in health was warmly interested in church movements. He married in 1879, Miss Dunbar Duff, of Whithorn, Wigtonshire, who survives him. He had four children, the eldest being Mr Charles William Coole, M.A., LL.B., a member of the Manx Bar, while the others are Jee, who is married to Mr J. Watson, Douglas; Winifred, who is studying for the nursing profession; and Dunbar, who is 13 years old.

The Funeral.

T'he funeral of the late Mr C. W. Coole took place on July 19th, the place of interment being in Braddan Cemetery. The burial service was read by the Rev W. Moore, son of Canon Moore, Vicar of Braddan. The coffin was covered with beautiful flowers and wreaths. The funeral was not so largely attended as might have been expected, owing to the number of public engagements which had fallen due at the hour fixed for the funeral. 11 a m. At that hour the Tynwald Court commenced a long and important sitting. Therewas also a sitting of the Douglas and Middle Revision Court; ad a meeting of the Douglas Guardians of the Poor: Amongst those present where the High-Bailiff of Douglas and Castletown (Mr J. S Gell), the Rev R. D. Kermode, the Rev W. Moore, and Messrs W. F Dickinson, G. H. Wood, H. P. Kelly, Ramsey B. Moore, P. J. Crellin, H. P Gelling, G. S. Johnson, A. Gill. A. C Cregeen, F. J. Johnson F. C. Harris, F. D. Johnson, J. J. Spence, Harry Wood, J. A. Brown, and many others. In the funeral cortege were the carriages of Miss Harris (Marathon), The Clerk of the Rolls, Mr G. Drinkwater, J.P , etc

Court References.

Deemster Moore, on taking his seat in the Common Law Court, at Douglas, on July 18th, said: Before commencing the court's business, I think it only right some reference should be made to one who practised in this court, and was engaged from time to time in cases of considerable importance. I mean Mr Charles William Coole, senior. I think we all regret that he should. have passed away at a time of life when he was by no means advanced in years. I am sure I may extend, on behalf of the Bar present today, as well as of myself, a deep sympathy with the widow and family; a sympathy which, I am sure, they will also receive from many other sources outside the profession to which Mr Coole belonged. I can only add that I have pleasant remembrances of my acquaintance with him, extending over ten years. I regret his untimely death, and I am sure that I am expressing the unanimous opinion of the Bar,

Mr Cruikshank said : I am sure the members of the Bar agree with what your honour has said with reference to the loss we have sustained by the death of Mr Coole We have all to acknowledge his ability his affability, and the manner in which he has conducted his cases in court-with conspicuous ability on many occasions. I am sure that not only the profession but his clients have sustained a serious loss by his death. We join in the expression of sympathy to those he has left behind I entirely endorse what yur Honour has said as to our feelings in that respect

The Clerk if the Rolls, in the Chancery Court, on the 20th July, said: I wish to associate myself with the remarks made by Deemster,Moore, on Monday, on the death of our friend Mr Coole, and to join in the expression of regret at this death and of sympathy with his family.


Mr Thomas Kelly, of 17 Athol-street, Peel, succumbed on June 1st, to a long and painful illness. borne with patience and resignation. The cause of death was an internal complaint malignant of character. Mr Kelly, who was born in Kirk Michael, was for many years in business in Peel as a baker, and he took a great interest in national and local politics. A prominent Primitive Methodist, he bore an active part in connection with the affairs of that religious body. He was an Oddfellow of long standing, and attained high office in the Manchester Unity, including the Provincial Grand Mastership of the Isle of Man District. Mr Kelly, who was twice married, and was 72 years old, leaves a widow and five children to mourn his loss. The children are Mr John Edward Kelly, commission agent, of Primrose-avenue, Douglas - Mrs H. Babb, of Peel; Miss Jane Kelly, of Peel ; Miss Gertrude Kelly, certificated teacher under the Douglas School Board; and Miss Nellie Kelly, confectioner, of Peel. All of these are well-known in Manx musical circles.


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