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Fargher, Robert 1803-1863
Robert Fargher
 was born in the parish of Maughold. At the age of 14 he left the island and went to London, where he occupied the post of private secretary. Three years later he returned and was apprenticed to his relation, George Jefferson, then the printer and publisher of the "Manks Advertiser " newspaper, an organ with a very strong Tory and Church and State bias. As ROBERT FARGHER grew older, his views became those of an advanced Radical, so that his work in connexion with the "Advertiser" became more and more distasteful to him. He, therefore, in 1833, persuaded William Walls, a fellow printer in the same office, to join with him in starting a newspaper, which they called the " Mona's Herald." They designed it to be the organ of political reform, nonconformity, and temperance. To promote these ends ROBERT FARGHER never spared himself. Passionate and impulsive by nature, nothing would rouse him more speedily than cases of tyranny and oppression. Neither loss of popularity or of business would prevent him from denouncing them, if he thought it his duty to do so. It is not surprising, therefore, that he made enemies He was a true patriot, and his strenuous efforts to improve the political and social conditions of the Isle of Man should not be forgotten
(From an account by Mr. James Cowin.) quoted in Moore's Manx Worthies
Accepted as Local Preacher by Douglas WM circuit May 1828 but soon came into conflict with authority for in June 1834 the LP Meeting Minute Book records "as to Bro Robt Fargher for having permitted to appear in the Mona's Herald of which he is part proprietor, a paragraph calculated to injure the character of the Rev. Robt Aitken ... censure by giving him no appointment though he remains on the plan".
However it was not long before he was expelled as part of the 1835 ruptions over the Warren affair - Fargher, as would be expected, was in favour of greater democracy in the running of the church.
He then appeared to have joined the Primitive Methodists, where he can be found on the 1841 and 1855 plans.
See also W. T. Kneale "The Trials of a Manx Radical: The life and times of Robert Fargher" Journal Manx Museum vol VI no 76 1959-60 pp89/93.

Farrill, Alexander, 1793-1863

Mona's Herald, February 4th, 1863, carries the obituary notice of the Rev. Alexander Farrill, a son of Patrick Roche Farrill, a refugee from France during the time of the Revolution who found his way to Douglas and in 1793 married Elizabeth Lewthwaite, a daughter of Alexander Lewthwaite, in 1793. This man had become licensed as a Wesleyan preacher when twenty years old and had gone out to Labrador, later becoming an itinerant preacher in the United States. After holding several positions there he retired at Mount Morris New York, in 1848. His death occurred on January 27th, 1863 at the age of seventy. [quoted by W.Cubbon in Bibliography - chapter on Paper Makers p1426]
Alexander Farrell appears, no. 33, on the list of Wesleyan Local Preachers on the plan for Douglas Circuit Aug-Sep 1823.
Cubbon quotes Manks Advertiser, July 20th, 1805, on his father: He was a man of considerable fortune-some £30,000-which he succeeded in dissipating in a very few years. He joined his father-in-law [Alexander Lewthwaite] in the business, but his health broke down, and on July 15th, 1805, he died ' at the Paper Mill, near this town [Douglas], in the prime of life.'



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