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Archive for August, 2007

Village Stroll

A guided walk from the Church to the Raven: June 21 2007 We were blessed by fine weather for the evening of midsummer’s day, when members of the trust visited some of the village’s older buildings. The tour started outside the New Church, where Edgar Cowin described its history and architectural features before leading the […]

Ballaugh’s own Whisky Galore

The sandy coastline of the parish does not lend itself to ‘wreckers’ but there was, in 1697. It seems to have been the Manx version of Whisky Galore. as it marked the first appearance of brandy in the Island. Bottles found their way into many of the Ballaugh homes, including the Curate, who was accused […]

Ballaugh Parish Nicknames (part 2)

(previously) following extract is from J.B. Keig’s booklet, published privately in 1933. The Editor’s copy, handed down from her father Ivor Crowe, had been given to him by Mark Braide, and contained additional notes made by Mark Braide’s brother after conversations with Harry Boyde of Ballaugh. The booklet is a fascinating social document as, not […]

A Curious incident at a Ballaugh Wedding in 1829

Thomas Caley (weaver) to Miss Ann Craine. The bridal party was followed to church by a forsaken sweetheart of the bride’s, decked in green leeks. Manx Sun 5 May 1829

The Ballaugh Harvest Home

As part of Yn Chruinnaght, the InterCeltic Festival, Joy Ling’ performed some of the poems from her book The Ballaugh Harvest Home Dispute of 1870. Win Callister, a member of the Ballaugh choir, also took part.

The Flower Festival

The Flower Festival Songs of Praise Flower Festival Songs of Praise on Sunday 1 July in the Old Church was well attended. The Rector gave a summary of the history that had been the basis of the display in the Church, guests were invited to choose hymns and explain the reasons for their choices, and […]

Set my people free!

In the anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade, the theme for this year’s Flower Festival is ‘Set my people free!’ Appropriately, the setting is to be the Old Church, where there is a memorial plaque to George Moore, grandson of Sir George Moore and Hugh Cosnahan, Esq. Both grandfathers were involved in the […]

Church celebrations 25 years ago

With the 175th anniversary of the Parish Church coming up in September, it seemed a good idea to look back to the 150th anniversary celebrations. An exhibition in the church included some of the Parish Registers, as well as artefacts from earlier times. The festival was also notable for the formation of the present church […]

Shipwrecks of the Ballaugh coast

A talk by Adrian Corkill on 14 March A large audience were treated to a very special talk on some of the maritime history of Ballaugh and Jurby. I suspect that many had, like me, expected an account of some of the smaller fishing boats that had been lost off the coast but found themselves […]

Ballaugh’s historic postbox

The Pillar Box set into the wall of the old Post Office in Station Road has now had it’s final restoration work completed. The work has been carried out by the Isle of Man Post Office. The box is of significant importance as it was installed during the reign of Edward VII and as he […]