[taken from Chapter 4 Manx Worthies, A.W.Moore, 1901]

JOHN FRISSEL CRELLIN (b. 1764, d. 1816),

the only son of the Rev. John Crellin, Rector of Ballaugh and vicar-general+ and Margaret, second daughter of John Frissel attorney-general, was a member of the House of Keys in 1793 and High-Bailiff of Ramsey till 1796, when he was appointed northern deemster. In 1814, he became southern deemster and began to build Beach House, Castletown, with the intention of living there, but he died before its completion. An accomplished lawyer and an excellent judge, he also did good service to his country as Commander of the Northern Battalion of the Manx Volunteers. At the disbanding of this corps after the battle of Waterloo, his widow was presented with its colours by the Duke of Atholl. They are still to be seen at Orrysdale in very good condition. According to his obituary notice he " held the situation of deemster . . . with the strictest regard to justice, truth, and impartiality," and he was " regretted by the Bar for his gentlemanly conduct and temperate language and by the public for his patience, affability, and justice."" He was one of the wittiest of men, and many good stories of his keen humour are still extant.

[see for example Mona Miscellany Manx Soc xvi p237 for example]


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