Philip Moore Callow Kermode, 1855-1932

P.M.C.Kermode aged 31 based on Marshal Cubbon's address
Philip Moore Callow Kermode was born at Auckland Terrace Ramsey, on 21st March 1855, the fifth son of Rev. William Kermode, then chaplain of St. Paul's, Ramsey, later Vicar of Maughold and then Rector of Ballaugh, and Jane Bishop of Shelton Hall, Staffordshire. The mother of Rev. William Kermode was the daughter and heiress of William Callow of Claughbane, who married Thomas Kermode of Bride and Marown. The family inherited Claughbane, near Ramsey, and the young Philip Kermode lived for a number of years in the old mansion house there. He attended King William's College for some years, afterwards being articled to Mr. (later Sir) Alured Dumbell, and was admitted to the Manx Bar in 1878 (aged 23). He never married, his unmarried sister, Josphine Kermode, better known as the poet Cushag, kept house for him. His legal labours continued throughout most of his life, until becoming curator of the Manx Museum he was Clerk to the Justices at Ramsey,

Certainly in later life he had a reputation for seriousness - Marshall Cubbon, in comparing him with William Cubbon who was almost the reverse in temperament, states that he was seldom seen smiling. No doubt his position in the Island legal profession accounted for his membership of the local masons - the thought of him incongrously decked out in his apron with one trouser leg rolled up to the knee will, I'm afraid, always bring a touch of humanity to the picture (at least to me). He did however, attempt one work of semi-fiction - the story of Juan Priest published in Mannin. A different light on him may be thrown by the story of a friend's death whilst the pair were birds-nesting.

Publications (Monographs)

1887 Catalogue of the Manx Crosses with the Runic Inscriptions and various Readings compared Isle of Man: Ramsey J.Craine
1892 Catalogue of the Manx Crosses ...Ramsey: C.B.Hayes Ramsey Courier Office London: Williams and Norgate
[1895]List of Antiquities of the Isle of Man, exclusive of the sculptured and incscribed stones Ramsey: C.B.Hayes Ramsey Courier Office
1896 Introduction, History & Antiquities British Association Liverpool
1904 Illustrated Notes on Manx Antiquities
1904 Traces of the Norse Mythology in the Isle of Man etc.
1907 Manx Crosses; or the inscribed and sculptured monuments of the Isle of Man from about the end of the fifth to the beginning of the thirteenth century...Fully illustrated from drawings besides numerous figures in outline and a map etcLondon: Bemrose & Sons
1914 Manx Antiquities 2nd Ed (with William Abbot Herdman ) Liverpool: University Press
1917 Our Homeland Cathedrals etc [St German's Isle of Man][Homeland Pocket Books]
1930 Manx Antiquities Douglas:The IoM Natural History & Antiquarian Soc. (Printed by Louis G. Meyer, 19 Duke St. Douglas)
1994 Manx Crosses (reprint with additional material by David M. Wilson ) Balgavies: Pinkfoot Press


see 100 Years of Heritage
M Cubbon P.M.C. Kermode An Appreciation on the Centenary of The Manx Museum Proc IoMNHAS vol IX no 3 pp319/333
W. Cubbon The Kermode Family Of RamseyProc IoMNHAS vol V no 1 pp109/121
W. Cubbon Works by P.M.C. Kermode in Section F7 Bibliography 1933

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