Charles Roeder, whose death took place (1911) in Manchester, at the age of 63, was a recognised authority on the archaeology, philology, literature, and folklore of the Isle of Man, and was a frequent and valued contributor to the 'Isle of Man Examiner' on these subjects. He was a native of Thuringia, and came to Manchester when twenty-one years old, where he engaged in commerce, but devoted his spare time to research in languages, geology, botany, history, and antiquities. His 'Manx Notes and Queries' are of great value to students, while equally interesting are his other works concerning this Island. He edited the translation into Manx by the late Mr. Edward Faragher (Cregneish), of Aesop's Fables, and wrote an introduction, partly biographical of character, to Mr. Faragher's poems and folk-stories.
Stephen Miller in his introduction to his collected edition of Manx Folk-Tales as told by Roeder can add little to this account - Born Gera 1848, came to Manchester 1869 to work as clerk in shipping firm and later as patents agent still in Manchester until death. First came to Island 1882 and at sometime made acquaintance of Edward Faragher (-1908), 'Ned Beg Hom Ruy, a fisherman-crofter who collected much of Roeders material.
In 1881 census shown as Carl Roeder, correspondence clerk, unmarried living with two younger, unmarried, sisters Antonie (a singer) and Marne (governess) at 92 Lloyd Street Chorton-cum-Medlock, Manchester.
C. Roeder (ed S.Miller) Skeeayln Cheeil-Choille. Manx Folk
Tales Choillagh Books (ISBN 1-898613-02-8) 1993
drawn largely from vol iii of Yn Lioar Manninagh
C. Roeder Folklore YLM i(ii) p289/292
C. Roeder Manx Folk-Lore, 1882 to 1885. YLM i (ii) p323/8
C Roeder Contributions to the Folklore of the Isle of Man YLM iii p129/191
C Roeder Manx Notes and Queries 1904
Memorial Notice - Manx Quarterly