[From Manx Soc Vol 12 ]



§ 1. MANANAN MacLer, the first Man that had Mann, or ever was Ruler of Mann, and the Land was named after him, and he reigned many years and was a Paynirn, and kept by necromancy the Land of Mann under mists, and if he dreaded any enemies, he would make of one man to seem an hundred by his art magick. And he never had any farm of the Commons, but each one to bring a certain quantity of green Rushes on Midsummer Eve, some to a place called Warfield, and some to a place called Man, and yet is so called.

§ 2.—And long after St, Patrick disturbed him the said Mananan, and put Christian folks into the said land, and left a Bishop to govern all and to keep it, and so from Bishop to Bishop they did keep it many years.

§ 3.—And then there came a son of the King of Denmark. He conquered the land, and was the first that was called King Orrye. And after him remained twelve of the stock that were called King Orrycs. Insomuch that the last named Reginald had no son, but one daughter named Mary, to whom the right descended, which Mary was Queen of Mann and Countess of Straherne; who taking with her all her Charters and Deeds of the Land of Mann fled to the King of England, Edward the First, in the twentieth year of his reign, being in. St. John’s Town in Scotland, otherwise called Perth, A.D. 1292.

§ 4.—For Alexander, King of Scots, arrived at Roynaldsway, and took possession of the Lrnd of Mann, against whom the said Mary did complain before the King of England.

§ 5.—In the 33rd year of the King’s reign, at the Parliament at Westminster, a request was exhibited by John Waldebyst, claiming the Isle of Man with the Islands adjoining, in the right of Mary his wife, and answer was made them that they should claim it before the King of Scots, who as then held the same Isles, thus she dying the suit, the right descended to William her son, and from the said William to John his son and heir.

§ 6.—In King Edward the Second his time, he gave to Pierce Gaveston, a Frenchman, the Earldom of Cornwall and the Lordship of Man, A.D. 1307. He being his principal Secretary of State and Lord Chamberlain of England.

§ 7..—Edward Bruce, the King of Scots brother, conquered the Island, A.D. 1308. Robert Bruce, King of Scots, gave the said Island unto Randle, Earl of Murray and of Mann, being Lieutenant~-Genera1, 1308.

§ 8.—In the eighth year of King Edward the Third, William Montague, Earl of Salisbury, conquered the Isle of Man, out of the hands of the Scots, which Isle the King gave unto the said Earl, and caused him to be crowned and entitled King of Man, 1344.

§ 9.—In the seventeenth year of the reign of King Richard the Second, William Scroope was made Vice Chamberlain, who about the same time bought of the Lord William Montague his son, named Montague, the Isle of Man with the Royalties thereof, (for it is a kingdom, as William Walsingham affirmeth,) 1394.

§ 10.—In the 22nd year of the reign of King Richard the Second, William Scroope, Earl of Wiltshire, and Treasurer of England, and Lord of Man was found guilty of Treason for mis-governing the King and Realm, and he with others were bound prisoners and brought forth into the camp before Henry, Duke of Lancaster, and had their heads smitten off, A.D. 1398.

§ 11.—At the coronation of King Henry the Fourth, the King gave the said Isle unto Henry Piercy, Earl of Northumberland, and to his heirs, A.D; 1402. He was impeached for rising against the King, A.D. 1403. The Earl was restored to his former dignity, lands, and goods, the Isle of Man only excepted, and presently deprived thereof by authority of Parliament: who being afterwards slain at the Battle of Shrewsbury,

§ 12.—The said King gave the said Isle of Man unto Sir John Stanley, Knight, Lieutenant of Ireland and Treasurer of his household, A.D. 1403: who left the same to

§ 13.—Sir John Stanley, his son, Father to

§ 14.—Sir Henry Stanley, Knight of the Garter, Lieutenant of Ireland, and Lord Chamberlain of King Henry the Sixth, who created him Lord Stanley,

§ 15.—And he had issue Thomas, Lord Stanley and of Man, after created Earl of Derby by King Henry the Seventh, and made Constable of England and Knight of the Garter, who had issue George, Lord Stanley, who in the right of his wife was also Lord Strange of Knockin, and died, his father yet living, but left his son called

§ 16.—Thomas, who was Earl of Derby, Lord Stanley, Strange, and Man; who had issue

§ 17.—Edward, Earl of Derby, Lord Stanley, Strange, and Man; father to

§ 18.—Henry, Earl of Derby, Lord Stanley, Strange, and Man; father to

§ 19.—Ferdinand, Earl of Derby, Lord Stanley, Strange, and Man brother to

§ 20.—William, Earl of Derby, Lord Stanley, Strange, and Man; father to -

§ 21.—James, Earl of Derby, Lord Stanley, Strange, and Man, who was beheaded at Bolton for his loyal adherence to King Charles the First; father to

§ 22.—Charles, Earl of Derby, Lord Stanley, Strange, and Man; father to

§ 23.—William, Earl of Derby, Lord Stanley, Strange, and Man, who died November, 1702; brother to

§ 24.—James, Earl of Derby, Lord Stanley, Strange, and Man, &c., who died 1st February, 1735—6, and he dying without issue the Isle and Dominion of Mann descended to

§ 25.—James, Duke of Atholl, great-grandson and heir of the said James, Earl of Derby, who was beheaded at Bolton, and heir general of the Derby Family: who dying the 8th day of January, 1764, was succeeded by

§ 26.—Lady Charlotte, his only child, with His Grace John, Duke of Atholl, her husband, who died the 5th November, 1774.

§ 27.—Anno 1765, the Lords of His Majesty’s Treasury by virtue of the Act 12 Geo. I., treated with their Graces, and purchased the Roya1ties and Jurisdictions of the said Isle for seventy thousand pounds, and also two thousand pounds annuity out of the Irish Revenues during the survivor’s life.

§ 28.—And by the 5th Geo. III. this Isle, save the territorial estates, rents, &c., became vested in the Crown.


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