THE Polycronycon, conteynyng the Berynges and Dedes of many Tymes, in eyght Books, etc. Imprinted by William Caxton. Folio. 1482.

This very curious historical miscellany was written in Latin, circa 1350, by Ranuiph Higden, a Benedictine monk of the Order of St. Werburg, Chester, who died about the year 1360. It was translated into English by John de Trevisa in 1357, at the request of Thomas, Lord Berkeley, from which Caxton made this version, and added an eighth book, being a continuation from 1357 to 1460.

Polycronycon. West-mestre by Wynkyn de Worde. Folio. 1495.

Polycronycon. Imprented in Southwerke by my Peter Treveris, at ye expences of John Reynes, Bookseller, at the sygne of Saynt George in Poule’s Churchyarde, the Yeare of our Lorde God 1527, the xvi. daye of Maye.


A paginary reprint of Wynkyn de Worde’s edition, with the introduction of a few woodcuts.

Isle of Man. Lib. 1, Cap. xv. An early mention of the Island.

This very rare work is fully described by Mr. Haslewood in the "British Bibliographer," vol. iii. p. 348-54. London. 1812.

WM. CAMDEN.—1586.

Britannia, sive fiorentissimorum regnorum Angliae, Scotae, Hiberniae, et insularum adjacentium, ex intima anti quitate chorographica descriptio. Londini: 1586. Octavo.

This is the first edition, dedicated to Sir W. Cecil, Lord Burghley. This work passed through eight editions between 1586 and 1590. The editions of 1587 and 1590 are in octavo;

1594 and 1600 in quarto; that of 1607 in folio, the last edition corrected by the author. The monks of Rushen Abbey wrote the three first sheets of the account of the Chronicle of Man and the Isles up to the year 1270, the time of the Scottish Conquest; the latter portion continues the history down to 1316, in another hand, probably by the monks of Furness Abbey. Bishop Merrick is said to have drawn up the account of the sketch of the Isle of Man. He was bishop from 1577 to 1599.

William Camden was born in the Old Bailey, London, May 2, 1551. His father, Sampson, was a painter, and his mother was one of the ancient family of Curwens of Cumber land. His great work has been said to be "the common sun, whereat our modern writers have all lighted their little torches."


Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland. London. 2 vols. Folio. 1586-7.

The first edition appeared in 1577. It was first collected and published by Ralph Holinshed, William Harrison, and others.

The Isle of Man. Vol. i. p. 37, and book ii. chap. ii. p. 146.

An edition was published in quarto, 6 vols. London. 1807-8.


The Isle of Man exactly described and into several Parishes divided, with every Towne, Village, Baye, Creke, and River therein conteyned. The bordringe Coasts where with it is circulated in their situations sett and by the Compasse accordingly shewed, with their true distance from every place unto this Island, by a severall scale observed. Described by Tho. Durham. Ano. 1595. Large Folio.

The oldest map of the Island. Shows the existence of lakes in the northern district. Mirescogh was the most important; and Thomas, Earl of Derby, in 1505, made a grant of one-half of the fishery in it to Huan Hesketh, Bishop of Man. On an island in this lake was a state prison.

—— HOOPER.—1608.

Survey of the Revenue, Farm Rents, etc., of the Isle of Man. By Mr. Hooper, commissioner appointed by the Lords Salisbury and Northampton in 1608. Rents were first established here in 1505.

A MS. copy is in possession of M. H. Quayle, Esq., Clerk of the Rolls.


The Abridgement or Summarje of the Scots Chronicles, etc. etc. With a true Description of the whole realme of Scotland and of the Isles in general, etc. By John Monipennie. Printed at Brittaines Bursse. By John Budge. 1612.

A short description of the Isle of Man, in which he states "there was a towne in it named Sodora, the Bishop of the Isles seat."

This work is reprinted in "Miscellanea Scotica," vol. i. Glasgow. John Wylie and Co. 1818.


Titles of Honor, by John Selden. Lucilius, Persium, non euro legere; Lelium decimum volo. London: By William Stansby for John Helme, and are to be sold at his Shop in St. Dunstan’s Churchyard. 1614. Quarto, pp. 391.

"Of the Title of Kings, as it is subordinate in subject Princes, with some particulars of the kingdom of the Isle of Man."

A second edition, with additions, in folio, was published in 1631, and a third in 1672. The latter is considered the best edition.

That portion relating to the Isle of Man is printed in Oliver’s "Monumenta," vol. i. pp. 107-110, Manx Society, vol. iv. 1860. Also in Gell’s "Abstract of the Laws of the Isle of Man," vol. i. pp. 156-8, Manx Society, vol. xii. 1867.


The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine. As also A Prospect of the most Famous Parts of the World. By John Speed. A briefe description of the Ciuill Warres, etc. The Invasions of England and Ireland, etc. The Theatre of Great Britain, etc. Are to be sold in Pops-head Alley by G. Humble. London. Royal Folio. 1627.

This appears to be the third edition, the first in 1611, and the second edition in 1614.

This work contains numerous engraved plates of various dates. Man Island is in book i. chap. xlvi. pp. 9 1-92, giving a description of it. "A table of the Townes, Villages, Castles, Riuers, and Hauens." Also" A Chronicle of the Kings of Man." On the back of pages 91 and 92 is a map, "Described by Tho. Durham. Ano. 1595. Performed by John Speed. Amino 1610."

This map was copied from Durham’s map of 1595, and recopied by Daniel King, 1656, on a reduced scale, for "Chaloner’s Short Treatise," with the omission of the ships and the figures of marine animals bearing the standards of the British Isles, with the addition on the margin of eight small views in the Isle of Man, the arms of the Island, and the arms of Lord Fairfax. The map accompanying the Manx Society’s edition of "Chaloner’s Treatise," vol. x. 1863, is on a still further reduced scale.

The portion relating to the Isle of Man is reprinted in the Manx Society’s series, vol. xviii. 1871, "Old Historians," pp. 36-44, with Durham’s map, reduced.


Mercator’s Atlas. Printed in London. Small Folio. 1635.

At p. 96 is a description of the Isle of Man, taken from Camden, with a map.


Microcosmus, or a little Description of the great World. London. 1636. Quarto.

The Isle of Mann, pp. 512-513.

Editions of this work have appeared in 1622, small quarto ; 1624-1627, Oxford ; and London, 1652-1664 ; and enlarged in 1674, 1677, 1682, folio. Also in 1703, folio.


A Help to English History, containing a succession of all the Kings of England, the English, Saxons, and the Britains; the Kings and Princes of Wales, the Kings and Lords of Man and the Isle of Wight ; as also of all the Dukes, Marquesses, Earls, and Bishops thereof ; with the descriptions of the places from whence they had their Titles; together with the Names and Ranks of the Viscounts, Barons, and Baronets of England. By Robert Hall, Gent. Printed at London. Quarto, pp. 379. 1641.

This was compiled by Dr. Heylyn, under the assumed name of Robert Hall. The second edition was published in 1652. Other editions appeared after Dr. Heylyn’s death, continued by various hands, in 1671, 1680, 1709, and 1773. The latter contains many additions, and is the best edition of this useful work.


A Message sent from the Earl of Derby, Governor of the Isle of Man, to his dread Sovereign Charles I., King of Scot-land, etc. And his Lordship’s Declaration to his Majesty concerning the Treaty, and Major-General Ireton, etc. Printed at York, and reprinted for W. R. Quarto.

Concerning the Parliament’s attempted treaty with the Earl, respecting a surrender of the Island to them, in con~ sideration of taking off the sequestration of his estates, and his celebrated indignant reply to Commissary-General Ireton, dated July 12, which has been often printed.


A Declaration of the Right Honourable James, Earl of Derby, Lord Stanley, Strange of Knockin and of the Isle of Man, concerning his resolution to keep the Isle of Man, for his Majesties Service, against all force whatsoever. Together with his Lordship’s letter in answer to Commissary-General Ireton. London. Quarto, pp. 8. 1649.

This Declaration bears date July 18th as the composition of Lord Derby. Sir Marmaduke Langdale and Sir Lewis Dives were commissioned by King Charles II. (June 5th) to repair to the Isle of Man and assist the Earl in keeping the same, both " by counsell and personal service." They arrived two days after the letter had been written to Iretori, and advised the Earl to publish his declaration of July 18, and which was considered by them to be a " meer fiction," and " no whit the sence of Derby." On this account they pub-lished their declaration, highly complimentary to the Earl.


A Declaration of the Noble Knights Sir Marmaduke Lang-dale and Sir Lewis Dives, in vindication of the Right Honourable James, Earl of Derby, and remonstrating their resolutions to keep the Isle of Man against all opposition in his Majesty’s service, August the 5th, 1649. London. Quarto. Printed in the year 1649.

For a notice of these three scarce tracts, see " The Civil War Tracts," edited by George Ormerod, Esq., in the 2d volume of the Chetham Society’s publications, 1844, pp. 280-285.


Mercurius Pragmaticus. In this newspaper, published for Charles I., are articles relating to the surrender of the Isle of Man by the Earl of Derby, and other matters. Small Quarto.


Mercurius Politicus. In this newspaper is " An exact relation of the manner of our enterprise upon the Isle of Man, with the successe it pleased God to give there unto our forces." By a Gentleman that was ane eye witnesse.

It includes also articles touching the surrendering of Castle Rushen and Peel Castle, account of the arms and ammunition and provision in Andrew Fort, the Proposals of the Countess of Derby, etc. Small Quarto. The first number was published June 13th, 1650.


A perfect Diurnal of some passages of the Amies in England and Ireland.

The first number was published December 27th, 1649. It was licensed by the Secretary of the Army, which gave its papers authenticity connected therewith. That from Monday, November 10th, to Monday, November 17th, 1651, contains a similar account of transactions in the Isle of Man as are to be found in " Mercurius Politicus " of the same year.


The Vale Royall of England, or the County Palatine of Chester, Illustrated. Wherein is contained a Geographical and Historical Description of that famous County, with all its Hundreds and Seats of the Nobility, Gentry, and Freeholders : its Rivers, Towns, Castles, Buildings, ancient and modern, adorned with Maps and Prospects, and the Coats of Arms belonging to every individual Family of the whole County. Performed by Wm Smith and Wm. Webb, Gentlemen. Published by Mr. Daniel King. To which is annexed an exact Chronology of all its Rulers and Governors both in Church and State, from the time of the Foundation of the stately City of Chester to this very day : Fixed by eclipses, and other Chronological Characters. Also an excellent Discourse of the Island of Man ; treating of the Island ; of the Inhabit-ants ; of the state Ecclesiastical ; of the Civil Government ; of the Trade ; and of the Strength of the Island. London. Printed by John Streater, in Little S. Bartholomews, and are to be sold at the Black Spread Eagle, at the West End of Paul’s. Small Folio. 1656.

The portion relating to the Isle of Man has a separate title, as follows :— A Short Treatise of the Isle of Man. Digested into six

Chapters. Containing, I. A Description of the Island. II. Of the Inhabitants. III. Of the state Ecciesiasticall. IV. Of the Civill Government. V. Of the Trade. VI. Of the Strength of the Island. Illustrated with severall Prospects of the Island. By Daniel King. London. Printed by John Streater. 1656.

This Treatise is written by James Chaloner, and dedicated "For His Excellencie, Thomas Lord Fairfax, Lord of Man and of the Isles," and dated " Middle Park, December 1, 1653." 3 pp. The Island described, pp. 1 to 33. There is a Map of the Island, with eight small Views on the sides, Arms of the Island and Lord Fairfax ; two Plates with each three Views, and a Plate with three Coats of Arms.

Lord Fairfax made Commissioners for the governing of the Isle in 1652 (Aug. 17th), James Chaloner and Robt. Dynely, Esqrs., and Mr. Joshua Witton, Minister of the Gospel.

James Chaloner was also Governor from 1658 to 1660, and was one of the Judges of Charles I He was the fourth son of Sir Thomas Chaloner, of Gisborough, in the county of York, born in London in 1603, and married Ursula Fairfax, by whom he had one son, Edmund Chaloner, born in 1635, and three daughters. He died in 1660.

In Gough’s " History of the People called Quakers," Dublin, 1789, is the following note :—" This James Chaloner had . been a member of the Long Parliament, and after the King’s return had been bent for to London, in order, as was thought, to be tried among the regicides. The day he was to go he took something under pretext of physick, which killed him in a short time." " He had been a violent persecutor, and was heard to say, a little before his death, that he would quickly rid the Island of Quakers."

This Treatise has been reprinted in the 10th volume of the Manx Society’s series, 1863, edited by the Rev. J. G. Cumming, M.A.


Monasticon Anglicanum, a History of the Abbeys, and other Monasteries, Friers, Cathedral and Collegiate Churches in

England and Wales. Plates by Hollar and King. Folio. 3 vols.

Bishop Simon, in 1229, published the Statutes of the Constitution of the Diocese of Sodor, in the Isle of Man, which are printed in vol. i. pp. 711-12. A second edition, 1673-83.

An edition in 1718-23, with additions. A greatly enlarged edition, edited by Caley, Ellis, and Bandinel, in 8 folio volumes. London. 1817-46.

Sir William Dugdale was born at Shustoke, in Warwick-shire, on the 12th September 1605, amid died 10th February 1685-86.His ancestors were of Clitheroe, County Lancaster.

Roger Dodsworth was born on the 24th July 1585, and died in August 1654. The portion relating to the Isle of Man is reprinted in the Manx Society’s series, vol. xviii. 1871, " Old Historians," pp. 46-77.


Map of the Isle of Man. Published at Amsterdam. Forming part of Bleau’s " Atlas." This is Thomas Durham’s.

Bleau’s " Le Grand Atlas " was published at Amsterdam in 12 volumes, imperial folio, with upwards of a thousand large maps. Vol. v., England, contains maps of all the English counties, etc., by Speed and others, surrounded by portraits of old English kings, and numerous coats of arms, etc.


The Crown Garland of Golden Roses. London. 1659.

" The Lamentable fall of the Great Duchess of Gloucester, the wife of Duke Humphrey ; how she did penance in London streets, barefooted, with a wax candle in her hand ; and how at last she was banished the land, where, in exile, in the Isle of Man, she ended her days in. woe."

This ballad was reprinted by the Percy Society in 1845. Reprinted in the Manx Society’s series, vol. xvi. 1869, " Mona Miscellany," pp. 48-53.


A Battledoor for Teachers and Professors to learn Singular and Plural ; You to Many, and Thou to one. (In many Languages.) Small Folio. 1660.

Amongst the " many languages," besides the Oriental, are the Saxon, Welsh, Manx, Irish, Cornish, Bohemian, Slavonian, Polonian, Lithuanian, etc. There is an Appendix of curious colloquial and free phrases in English, which are stigmatised as improper. work contains an early printed record of the Manx language.


Judgment of the King in Council in William Christian’s Case. Ordered to be printed in folio, as Acts of Parliament are, 14th August.

William Christian was executed at Hango Hill, 2d January 1663.

A Memoir of his Life, with full particulars of his Trial, from the documents in the Rolls Office, would form a very acceptable volume, and it is to be hoped the Manx Society will be able to accomplish this. He has been by various writers represented as a martyr and a traitor : the latter, I fear, is too true. By the Manx he is called " Illiam Dhone,"—Fair-haired William. He was buried in the Chancel of Kirk Malew.


Brief Animadversions and additional explanatory Amend-ments of Records to the Fourth part of the Institutes of the Lawes of England concerning the Jurisdiction of Courts. Compiled by the late Sir Edward Coke, Knt.

By Wiffiam Prynne, Esqre. London. Small Folio. 1669.

Of the Isle of Man, pp. 201-205, cap. 69 ; also cap. 69, pp. 384-386, additional records ; and, last page after the table, an omitted record. Various records relating to this Island are printed in this volume.

In Oliver’s " Monumenta," Manx Society, vol. i. p. 111, 1860, is a record of the Earl of Warwick’s imprisonment in the Isle of Man, 22 Richard II., 1397, extracted from Prynne


The Fourth part of the Institutes of the Laws of England, concerning the Jurisdiction of Courts. 1671. Fifth edition. Folio. Cap. 69.

Has passed through many editions, 1644, 1648, 1660, 1669, 1671, 1680. The 16th, with notes by Hargrave and Butler, in 3 vols. royal octavo, in 1809. Printed in " Abstract of the Laws," etc., by James Gell, Esq., vol. i. p. 153. Manx Society, vol. xii. 1867.


A Help to English History, containing a succession of all the Kings of England, the English-Saxons and the Britains: the Kings and Princes of Wales, the Kings and Lords of Man, the Isle of Wight. As also of all the Dukes, Marquesses, Earls, and Bishops thereof. With the description of the places from whence they had their titles ; together with the Names and Ranks of the Viscounts, Barons, and Baronets of England. By P. Heylyn, D.D. And since his death, continued to this present year, 1671, with the Coats of Arms of the Nobility, blazoned. London. Printed by E. Leach for T. Basset, at the George, in Fleet Street, and Chr. Wilkinson, at the Black Boy, over against St:

Dunstan’s Church. 1671. 12 mo, pp. 557. Preface, pp. 6. " Kings and Lords of Man," pp. 43 to 46. " Bishops of Man," pp. 182 to 184.

The list of Kings, etc., commences with Godred, the soim of Syrric, in 1065, and ends with " Charles Stanley, Earl of Derby and Lord of Man, now living, 1670."

The Bishops of Man AmPhibthis, first Bishop of Man, A.D. 360, and ends with Bishop Barrow.


A Mirrour or Looking Glass both for Saints and Sinners, held forth in some thousands of Examples ; wherein is presented God’s wonderful mercies to the one, so his severe judgments against the other. Collected out of the most Classique Authors, both ancient and modern, with some late examples observed by myself and others. Where-unto are added a geographical description of all countries in the known world ; as also the wonders of God in nature ; and the rare stupendious and costly works made by the Art and Industry of Man, the most famous Cities, Temples, Structures, Cabinets of Rarities, etc., which have been, or are now in the world. By Sa. Clark, late Pastour in Bennet Fink, London. London. Printed by Thos. Milbourn. 1671. The fourth edition in 2 vols. Folio. The first edition in 1646, 12mo.

The Isle of Man described.

R. BLOME.—1673.

Britannia,or a’ Geographical Description of England, Scotland, and Ireland, and the Isles and Territories thereto belonging. London. Folio. 1673. With Maps and Arms of Subscribers, and Plan of London, by W. Hollar.

The Isle of Man, pp. 320-322. Taken from Camden and Speed.


England’s Remarques ; giving an exact account of the several Shires, Counties, and Islands in England and Wales, etc. etc. London. Printed for Langley Curtis, in Goat Court upon Ludgate Hill. Small 12mo, pp. 276. 1678. Also an Account of all Monasteries, etc., Table of Kings, Bishops, etc., and Map of England.

The Isle of Man described at pp. 268-270.


Historiae Scoticae Nomenclatura, Latino vernacula. Edinbro’. 1682. Octavo.

An edition in 1819, foolscap octavo. .

It states the Isle of Man to have been of much larger dimensions than at present.


The London Gazette. Containing the humble Address of the Governor and Principal Inhabitants of the Isle of Man to King Charles the Second. Folio. 1683.


Codex juris Gentium Diplomaticus. Hanovera~. Folio. The Act of Surrender made by Reginald to the See of Rome, 10th of October 1219, p. 5.

This is printed in Seacome’s " History of the House of Stanley," p. 515, and Train’s " History," vol. 1. p. 135, 1845.

Also in Oliver’s " Monumenta," Manx Society, vol. ii. pp. 53-57, 1861.


The Principles and Duties of Christianity ; for the Use of the Diocese of Man, with short and plain directions and prayers. In English and Manks. London. Octavo. 1699.

With preliminary Instructions to the Clergy of the Isle of Man, rules for marrying couples, and Devotions to put into their hands after marriage, " all which are here translated into Manks, and, I hope as well as can be expected, consider-lug that this is the first Book published inthis language."—P. 4, Introduction.

The second edition appeared in 1707. Octavo.

This book was afterwards corrected and improved, and published under the title of " The Knowledge and Practice of Christianity made easy to the meanest capacities ; or an Essay towards an Instruction for the Indians," under which title it was first published in 1740.

Chaloner states the Book of Common Prayer was translated into Manx by Bishop Philips in 1605, but it appears doubtful if this was ever printed. In the report of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, for 1764, May 4th, p. 115, they state it " never appeared."


An Account of the Isle of Man, its Inhabitants, Language, Soil, Remarkable Curiosities, the Succession of its Kings and Bishops down to the present time, by way of Essay, with a Voyage to I-Columb-kill. By William Sacheverell, Esq., late Governor of Man ; to which is added a Dissertation about the Mona of Caesar and Tacitus ; and an account of the Ancient Druids, etc. By Mr. Thomas Brown, addressed in a letter to his learned friend Mr. A. Sellars. London : printed for J. Hartley, next the King’s Head Tavern ; R. Gibson, in the Middle Row; and Thos. Hodgson, over against Gray’s Inn Gate, in Holborn, 1702. Small Octavo, pp. 175, dedicated " To Robert Sacheverell, Esq. of Barton, in Nottinghamshire," 4 pp. ; Preface, 2 pp. ; the Introduction, 7 pp. ; Isle of Man, p. 1 to 122 ; Voyage to I-Columb-kill, p. 123 to 144 ; Dissertation on Mona", p. 145 to 175.

William Sacheverell was Governor of the Isle of Man in 1692, and from the following letter, published in the " Norris Papers," by the Chetham Society, 1846, appears to have been dismissed from the Governorship of the Isle

"Mr. Richard Norrys, Liverpool.

" Dear Mr. Norrys—I am extremely obliged to you for your great care and trouble in assisting my wife in her passage hither, which, as it was a great comfort to me, so I doubt will be very short, for I hear I am out of my imployment after all my care and diligence. All I can say is, I have served an unthankfull man, and I doubt it will turn very much to my prejudis ; but God’s will be done. I cannot yet leave the Island myself, but would have her goe for England, but she resolves to stay a winter with me. I desire my service to your brother when you see him. Pray remember me to Mr. Cooke and Mr. bit, and believe me, etc.


" Castle Rushen, 15th August 1694."

A reprint of this edition forms the first volume of the Manx Society’s publications, and has been most ably edited by the Rev. J. G. Cumming, M.A., with numerous valuable notes, 1859.

M. MARTIN.—1703.

A Description of the Western Islands of Scotland ; a particular Account of the Second Sight, etc. By M. Martin, Gent. London : printed for Andrew Bell, at the Cross Keys and Bible, in Cornhill, near Stock’s Market. 1703. Octavo, pp. 392.

The only distinct references to the Isle of Man are in the description of Iona, p. 257, and in the account of the instances of Second Sight, p. 313.

Many of the old customs and strange superstitions described in this curious book as prevailing in the Western Isles of Scotland, are similar to those formerly existing in the Isle of Man. An edition, the second and best, octavo. London. 1716.

The perusal of this book is said to have infused in Dr. Johnson the desire to visit the Hebrides.

T. RYMER.—1704-35.

Foedera, Conventiones, Litterae et dujuscunque generis Acta Publica, inter Reges Angliae, et alios quos vis Imperatores, Reges, etc., ab anno 1101, ad nostra usque tempora habita aut tractata.. London. 20 vols. Folio. Vol. i. p. 137.

AD. 1205. Time of King John. Vol. i. p. 342.

Under date 1246 is a safe conduct from Hen. III. for Harald, King of Man. Also for Reginald, in 1249. Vol. i. p. 451 and p. 489. Vol. i. p. 586, respecting the Murder of Reginald, second son of Olave II.

Vol ii. p. 492. The Men of the Isle of Man place themselves under the protection of King Edward I., 1290, by which the Manx people cancelled all previous engagements betwixt themselves and their Norwegian rulers, under a penalty of two thousand pounds of silver.

This interesting document is reprinted in the Manx Society’s first volume, in note, pp. 152-3. " Sacheverell’s History."

Vol. ii. p. 1058. Ed. I., Anno 1307. A Scire Facias. to Anthony Beck, Bishop of Durham, to show cause why he should not render the Isle of Man. This is also printed, with a translation, in the Manx Society’s first volume, pp. 157-8.

Vol. iii. pp. 223-238. In 1310 Gilbert De M’Gaskill is mentioned as having custody of the Isle of Man under Anthony De Beck.

Vol. iv. p. 562. Grant of Isle of Man to Sir Wm. Montacute, first Earl of Salisbury, by Edward III. Arino 1333. In the Manx Society’s first volume, p. 170.

Vol iv. p. 574. Anno 7 Ed. III., 1333. Grant of Isle of Man to the same, with all rights and claims.

Vol. v. p. 558.

Vol. viii. p. 95. Anno 1399. Hen. IV., p. 410. Concerning the grant of the Isle of Man.

In addition to the foregoing, the following are reprinted from the " Foedera " in Oliver’s " Monumenta," voL iii., Manx Society, 1862 :—

P. 1. A.D. 1414. Treaty between England and France.
,, 24. A.D. 1476. The claims of Lords Scroop and Stanley to the Arms of Man.
,,38. A.D. 1546. 37 Henry VIII. Respecting the gift of the Bishopric to Henry Man.
,, 42. A.D. 1546. Significavit for the Bishop of the Isle of Man.
,, 46. A.D. 1546. Concessions for Henry, Bishop of the Isle of Man.
,, 53. A.D. 1570. 12th Eliz. Significavit for the Bishop of the Isle of Man.
,, 58. AD. 1575. 17th Eliz. Royal Assent for the Bishop.
,, 62. A.D. 1576. 18th Eiiz. Of the Royal Assent, upon the presentation to the Bishopric of the Island.
,, 133. A.D. 1626. 2d Charles I. Gift for Life to Queen Henrietta Maria.
,, 135. A.D. 1633. 9th Charles I. Certificate of Presentation to the Bishopric of Man.
,, 137. A.D. 1633. Royal Assent for the Bishop of Man.
,, 142. AD. 1635. 11th Charles L Royal Assent for Richard Parre, Bishop of Man.

The second edition, edited by G. Holmes, London, 1727-35, folio, 20 vols. Third edition, 1745, 10 vols. folio. Also a new edition, edited by John Caley and Fred. Holbrooke, London, 1816-30, 3 vols. folio, extending from the year 1066 to 1377.

Mr. Rymer was born in the north of England, and educated at the Grammar School at Northallerton, Yorkshire, from whence he went to Sidney College, Cambridge. His warrant to search the public offices for this undertaking is dated August 26th, 1693. He died 14th December 1713. The " Foedera " is an invaluable work, equally interesting to the antiquary and historian, the documents having been copied from the originals.


A Short Dissertation about the Mona of Caesar and Tacitus, the several names of Man, whether it was the principal Seat of the Ancient Druids, etc. ; together with a short Account of the Institution, Discipline, and Opinions of the Druids. By Mr. Thomas Brown. London. 1707. Small Octavo.

This appeared at the end of Sacheverell’s Account of the Isle of Man in 1702.

Mr. Brown considers that Caesar alluded to the Isle of Man in his Account, though he never visited it, and Tacitus the Isle of Anglesea, and that the Isle of Man was not likely to be the head-quarters of the Druids, as they were more calculated for a stirring active life.


The Church Catechism. Translated into Manks, and also printed in English. 1707.


Archaeologia Britannica, an Account of the Languages, Histories, and Customs of the original Inhabitants of Great Britain. Oxford. 1707. Folio.

This valuable work comprises a comparative Etymology, an Armoric Grammar and Vocabulary, Cornish Grammar, British Etymologicon, Irish-English Dictionary, Catalogue of Irish MSS., Account of the Manx language, etc. etc.

No more was ever published. It contains : I. Comparative Etymology—TI. Comparative Vocabulary of the Original Languages of Britain and Ireland—Ill. and IV. An Armoric Grammar and Vocabulary by Julian Manoir, Englished by M. Williams—V. Welsh words omitted in Dr. Davies’ Die-tionary—VI. Cornish Grammar—Vu. Antiqua Britanni~e Lingua Scriptorum, qu~ non impressa sunt Catalogus—Vill. A British Etymologicon, or the Welsh collated with the Greek and Latin, and some other European languages, by D. Parry—Ix. A brief Introduction to the Irish or ancient Scottish language— X. Focloir ; an Irish-English Dictionary— XI. Catalogue of Irish MSS.

A. D. CHANCEL, M.A.—1714.

A New Journey over Europe from France thro’ Savoy, etc., by a late Traveller, A. D. Chancel, M.A. London. 1714. Small Octavo.

Isle of Man at pp. 233-234. Speaks of only twelve men as Keys.

—— MISSON.—1714-19.

Misson’s Travels over England, Scotland, and Ireland. 5 vols. Octavo

A short notice (about 16 lines) relating to the Isle of Man.


Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae : or an Essay towards deducing a regular succession of all the principal dignitories in each Cathedral, Collegiate Church or Chapel (now in being) in those parts of Great Britain called England and Wales, from the first erection thereof, to this present year, 1715. Containing the Names, Dates of Consecration, Admission, Preferment, Removal, or Death of the Archbishops, Bishops, Deans, Praecentors, Treasurers, Chancellors, and Archdeacons in their several Stations and Degrees, etc. etc. Attempted by John Le Neve, Gent., late Fellow Commoner of Trinity College, in Cambridge. In the Savoy : printed by J. Nutt, etc., MDCCXVI. Folio, pp. 535.

Sodor or the Isle of Man, pp. 356 to 359, commences with A.D. 360 Amphibalus ; 447 Germanus ; and ends with 1697 Thomas Wilson.

Browne Willis says Bishop Kennet was the real author.


REV. THOMAS COX.—1720-31.

Magna Britannia et Hibernia, antiqua et nova ; or a new Survey of Great Britain. Collected and composed by an impartial Hand. London, 1720-31. 6 vols. Qucirto. Maps.

The Isle of Man, pp. 417-22. Ends with " Dr. Thomas Wilson, the present Bishop."

The portion relating to the Isle of Man has been reprinted in the Manx Society’s series, vol xviii. 1871, " Old Historians."


A farther Instruction for such as have learned the Church Catechism, and plain short Directions and Prayers. By Thomas, Lord Bishop of Man. London. 1721. 24mo.


Map of the Isle of Man. To the Right Honble. William, Earl of Derby, Lord of ye Isle of Man, etc., humbly dedicated

by Captn. G. Collins. Folio. Engraved by H. Moll. A

View of Peel Castle, with the Round Tower and Spire top.

William, ninth Earl of Derby, was Lord of Man 1672 to November 1702.

Moll’s maps were attached to various works.


On the Education of Rich and Poor Children, for ye Masters and Mistresses of Charity Schools. London. 1724. Small Quarto.

Especially published for the use of the Inhabitants of the Isle of Man. A Sermon, etc., pp. 60. The Sermon, pp. 35.


A Journey through England in familiar Letters from a Gentleman here to his Friend abroad. 2d Edition, with large additions. 2 vols. London : printed for J. Pemberton, etc. 1724. Octavo. No name on the Title, but the Dedication signed Jo. Macky.

The Isle of Man in 2d vol., Lettei xvii., 1721-22, pp. 228-257. The 5th Edition appeared in 1732. Octavo. 2 vols.


A Survey of the Cathedrals of York, Durham, Carlisle, Ches ter, Man, Lichfield, Hereford, Worcester, Gloucester, Bristol, Lincoln, Ely, Oxford, and Peterborough. By Browne Willis. London. 1727-30. 3 vols. Quarto.

Vol. i. p. 5, Preface. The S.E. Prospect of the Cathedral was supplied by Bishop Wilson, at p. 369. Diocese of Man, Vol. i. pp. 369-380. Vol. ii. pp. 817-821.

An edition published in 1742, in 4 vols. quarto. The

Survey of the Isle of Man is reprinted in the Manx Society’s series, vol xviii. 1871, "Old Historians," pp. 126-151.


A Book of Rates, of the Customs of all Goods and Commodities that are imported into and transported from the Isle of Man. Dublin. 1731. 12mo. 8 leaves.


The compleat Works in Verse and Prose of George Waldron, Gent., late of Queen’s College. Oxon : printed for the Widow and Orphans, MDCCXXXI. Price 2 gs. Folio.

The portion relating to the Isle of Man commences—.

"A Description of the Isle of Man, with some useful and entertaining reflections on the Laws, Customs, and Manners of its Inhabitants." Pp. 91 to 191.

"The great many leisure hours he had in the Isle of Man, where for some years he resided, in a post under his late and present Majesty, gave him an opportunity of writing a description of that place, with the customs and manners of the inhabitants, in a much more particular manner than any author before him has done. Most of those who treat on that subject have contented themselves with barely mentioning the situation, soil, produce, chief towns, and markets, whereas the chief curiosities consist in tradition, and a superstitious observance of old customs."—Preface.

Only 110 copies of this work were printed. Mr. Waldron resided on the Island in the capacity of a commissioner from the British Government. He was a gentleman of an ancient family in Essex, and received his education at Queen’s College, in Oxford, and died in England just after he had obtained a new deputation from the Government.

The volume is dedicated " To the Right Honourable William O’Brian, Earl of Inchiquin," and signed " Theodosia Waldron."

The "History of the Isle of Man" is said to have been printed in 1726, 12mo, but I have not met with a copy. It was, however, written in that year.

An edition of the " History of the Isle of Man " appeared in 1744. Reprinted in volume xi. of the Manx Society’s series, 1865, with numerous Notes, by the present Compiler.


The Independent Whig ; or a Defence of Primitive Christianity, and of our Ecclesiastical Establishment against the Exorbitant Claims and Encroachments of Fantastical and Disaffected Clergymen. The 5th edition, with additions and amendments. In 2 volumes. London : printed for J. Peele, at Luke’s Head, in Amen Corner, Paternoster Row, and sold by J. Osborn, at Dock Head, near Rotherhith, MDCCXXXII. Small Octavo.

In vol. 1. pp. xxxvii. to lxxxi., is a letter to the publisher, signed W. A., Dec. 14th, 1731, detailing the whole of the particulars of Bishop Wilson’s mandate against the introduction of this work in the Isle of Man.

The 6th edition was published in the same year, in one volume. The work commenced in 1720.

Many other editions were published, but the only interest the work possesses relative to the Island is Bishop Wilson’s order for its seizure wherever found it was ordered to be burnt.


Desiderata Curiosa ; or a Collection of divers scarce and curious Pieces (relating chiefly to matters of English History), in six books, containing upwards of one hundred and sixty choice Tracts, Memoirs, Letters, Wills, Epitaphs, etc., transcribed, many of them from the originals themselves, the rest from divers ancient MS. copies, or the MS. collections of sundry famous Antiquaries and other eminent Persons, both of the last and present age : the whole, as near as possible, digested into an order of time, and illustrated with ample Notes, Contents, additional Discourses, and a complete Index. . By Francis Peck, M.A., Rector of Godeby, near Melton, in Leicestershire.

—" Referam toto notissima Regno
Facta. " Metam. Lib. xiv.

Adorned with Cuts. London : printed MDCCXXXII. 2 vols. Folio.

In the 2d. vol., printed in 1735, No. xii., Lib. xi., is " The History and Antiquities of the Isle of Man. By James (Stanley), Earl of Derby, and Lord of Man : beheaded at Bolton, 15th Oct. 1651, with an Account of his many troubles and losses in the Civil War ; and of his own proceedings in the Isle of Man during his residence there in 1643, interspersed with large and excellent advices to his son Charles, Lord Strange, upon many curious points. From the original (all of his Lordship’s own handwriting) in the hands of the Honourable Roger Gale, Esq., the whole divided into Chapters, and illustrated with Contents and Notes ; as also an Introduction and Appendix, collected by the Editor."

Pp. 18-50. Contains Introduction, 18 Chapters, and an Appendix.

An edition was published in 1779, in 2 vols. quarto.

This has been reprinted by the Manx Society in their 3d volume, 1860, edited by the Rev. William Mackenzie.


An Abstract of the Sufferings of the People called Quakers, for the Testimony of a good Conscience, from the time of their being first distinguished by that name, taken from original Records and other authentick Accounts, from the year 1650 to the year 1660. London : printed and sold by the Assigns of J. Cowle, at the Bible, in George Yard, Lombard Street. 1733. 3 vols. Octavo.

The 2d volume, published in 1738, contains the Records from the year 1660 to 1666. The Isle of Man, pp. 217 to 223.


A short and plain Instruction for the better understanding the Lord’s Supper. By Bishop Wilson.

This is the first edition, and has been repeatedly printed. It is universally esteemed for the elegant simplicity of its language, and its unaffected piety.


The Case of James, Duke of Athol, Lord of Mann and the Isles, etc., claiming the Barony of Strange, created by Writ of Summons, 3 Car. 1., directed to his Great-Grandfather (whose Heir he is) James, the Son of William, Earl of Derby, by the name of James Strange, Chevalier, in virtue of which the said Lord Strange sat and voted in several Parliaments. Folio. Pp. 4, with a Pedigree at the end. Privately printed, 1736.

An important Case, giving the List of Proofs.

JOHN SEACOME.—No date (1736).

Memoirs of the House of Stanley, with a full description of the Isle of Man. By John Seacome. A. Sadler, printer, Liverpool. Quarto.

This is the first edition. It was one of the earliest productions of the Liverpool press.


The Knowledge and Practice of Christianity made easy to the meanest Capacities ; or, An Essay towards an Instruction for the Indians, 1740. 12mo.

In Manx and English. A corrected and improved version of "The Principles and Duties of Christianity," which was first published in 1699.

Several editions in Manx and English have appeared.


Memoirs of the House of Stanley, with a full Description of the Isle of Man. By John Seacome. Printed by A. Sadler, Liverpool 1741. Quarto, pp. 203.

This is the second edition. Dedicated to the Duke of Atholl. Adorned with woodcuts.


The History and Description of the Isle of Man : viz.—Its Antiquity, History, Laws, Customs, Religion, and Manners of its Inhabitants, its Animals, Minerals, curious and authentic Relations of Apparitions of Giants that have lived under the Castle time immemorial. Likewise, many comical and entertaining Stories of the Pranks played by Fairies, etc., the whole carefully collected from original papers and personal knowledge, during near twenty years’ residence there. London : printed for W. Bickerton, in the Temple Exchange Passage, Fleet Street, 1744. (Price one shilling and sixpence.) 12mo, pp. 154.

This is exactly the same "description" as in Waldron’s folio edition, published in 1731, with an enlarged Title. Some copies have the date 1745. The plate of Medals, etc., as given on page 145 of the 1731 edition, is here omitted. Reprinted in the Manx Society’s series, vol. xi.


Life of St. Patrick, the Apostle and Patron of Ireland, with an Historical Account of the City and Diocese of Dublin, the Isle of Man, etc. By Walter Harris. Dublin. 1747. Octavo.


Commission issued upon the Petition of John Stevenson of Balladoole, in the Isle of Man, to certain Estates belonging to his brother, who died in April 1742 ; the questions and proceedings as regards the legality of his claims, with the evidence and cross-examination of witnesses (Eliza Sherlock and Anne Trydell, etc.) ; with the order of His Majesty in Council ; and office copies. G. Quayle Comptroller-General ; D. Mylrea, C. Stanley, J. Taubman, and J. Borles. Folio. 1748.


A new Act of an Inferior Parliament, or probably an Act of Arbitrary Power lately made in the Isle of Man, to imprison all Women under Covert Baron, Natives of that Isle only excepted, for Debts contracted singly by their Husbands, exemplified in the case of an English Gentle-woman, already fifteen months a prisoner, etc. By John Baldwin. London. 1748. Octavo.

This is the first of three pamphlets published relating to Mrs. Hingston being imprisoned in the Island for the Debt of her husband.


Yn Sushtal Scruit liorish yn Noo Mian. Prentyt ayns Lunnyng. Liorish Ean Oliver, ayns Bartholomew’s Close. MDCCXLVIII. Octavo, in 4s., pp. 106.

St. Matthew’s Gospel in Manx.


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