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Talk by John Quilliam about 'The Name of the Isle’

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Date(s): after 1967 and before 1979

Scope & Content: John Quilliam introduces the recording as ‘Know Your Parish’. He talks about uncertainty as to whether ‘Man’ or ‘Mann’ is correct; various names for the Isle of Man; Mannanagh, a Celtic tribe that first peopled the island; 1968 discussion by government in the Isle of Man as to whether it should be known as Man or Mann; three legs of Man symbol and motto; importance for tourists and historians; history of symbol coming into being around end of 13th century with Scottish conquest of the island; theory it was the victory symbol of Scottish invasion force, adapted from a similar Sicilian emblem; importance of the symbols of a Norse ship, the three legs and the tail-less cat; speculation as to the origins of the Manx cat; typical Manx cat; idea of Manx cat as a ‘true Manxman’.

He ends with rhetorical questions about the future symbols and identity of the Isle of Man: would it be better to have a Manx rather than a Latin motto on the Manx Arms; should the Isle of Man be known as Ellan Vannin; is the tail-less cat going to lose its peculiarity if it is bred in other countries.

Administration / Biographical History: Part of series broadcast on Manx Radio.

Language: English

Extent: 11 min. 42 sec.

Collection: Sound Archive

Level: ITEM

ID number: SA 2019-0053/18

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