A Tour Through the Isle of Man: To which is Subjoined a Review of the Manks History

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Page 95 - VI. and Lord Protector of England, was confined after being banished through the malice of the Duke of Suffolk and Cardinal of Winchester, who accused her of having been guilty of associating herself with wizards and witches, to know if her husband would ever attain the crown, and other treasonable practices. Sir John Stanley, then Lord of Man, had the charge of her, and having conducted her to the island, placed her in this castle, where she lived in a manner befitting her dignity, nothing but liberty...
Page 91 - It is highly probable this island has been fortified in some manner ever since the churches were built ; but the present works are said, by Bishop Wilson, to have been constructed by Thomas Earl of Derby, who first encompassed it with a wall, probably about the year 1500. " Here are the remains of two churches, one dedicated to St. Patrick, the era of its erection unknown ; the other called St.
Page 101 - The impious were awed at their frown ; and the virtuous rejoiced in their smiles ; while from their jndgment there was no appeal. "No laws were instituted by the princes, or assemblies, without their advice and approbation ; no person was punished with bonds or death, without their passing sentence ; no plunder taken in war was used by the captor, until the Druids determined what part they should seclude for themselves." Their power, as it sprung from virtue and genius, was not hereditary ; but conferred...
Page 79 - Island, and lost great part of his crew; that when he came on shore the people told him he had lost thirteen of his men, for they saw so many lights going toward the church, which was the just number lost. Whether these fancies...
Page 93 - ... only twenty-one inches above ground. The bottom of this place is extremely rough ; and in the north-west corner is a well or spring, which must have added greatly to the natural dampness of the place, to which there is no other air .or light but what is admitted through a small window at the east end. About the middle of the area, a little to the northward of the churches, is a square pyramidical mount of earth, terminating obtusely.
Page 92 - The cathedral is now extremely ruinous, much of it is unroofed, and the remainder so considerably out of repair, that it would not be over safe for a congregation to assemble in it. The eastern part of it was the episcopal cemetery ; and the inhabitants still bury within and about its walls. Beneath the easternmost part is the ecclesiastical prison...
Page 98 - The inscriptions are generally upon one edge of the stones ; and on both sides are crosses, and little embellishments of men on horseback, or in arms, stags, dogs, birds, and other devices ; probably, the achievements of some notable person.
Page 95 - ... guard over her ; not only because there were daily attempts made to get her away, but also to prevent her from laying violent hands on her own life. They tell you, that ever since her death, to this hour, a person is heard to go up the stone stairs of...
Page 99 - In several of the barrows have been found urns full of burnt bones, white and as fresh as when interred. And in the last century were dug up several brass daggers and other military instruments ; with some nails of pure gold, having on the small end rivets of the same metal ; which, from their make appear to have been the nails of a royal target.
Page 80 - Manxman, amid his lonely mountains, reclines by some romantic stream, the murmurings of which lull him into a pleasing torpor. Half slumbering, he sees a variety of imaginary beings, which he believes to be real. Sometimes they resemble his traditionary idea of fairies, and sometimes they assume the appearance of his friends and neighbours. Presuming on these dreams, the Manx enthusiast predicts some future event...

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