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Interview with Harry Boyde speaking Manx Gaelic

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Date(s): 1951-1953

Creator(s): Manx Society

Scope & Content: Harry Boyde talking with J W 'Bill' Radcliffe, Tom Braide and Walter Clarke.

Harry Boyde in conversation, in Manx, with others. They talk about his blindness; man named Lace who lived in Ramsey; story about a man going to a pub; visiting the old smith, John Kneen, in Ballaugh; farming; Christmas in Ballaugh; amusing anecdote about a married couple; being visited by Leslie Quirk from Ballanayre, Peel; his brother Walter Quirk, fisherman, Douglas; fishing for herring and scallops; seasickness; travelling by boat and aeroplane; Billy Pay from Ballaugh; drinking; working as a gardener at 'The Court' for the Bishop (Bishopscourt), and for Dogherty at Ballaugh; visiting the south of the island; Manx dancing; playing cammag; working six days a week; holidays at Christmas and Sundays; working in the fields wearing lots of old coats to keep dry; pulling turnips; a young man emigrating to New Zealand; being visited by a woman from Ramsey who also visited bedridden old man in Kirk Michael named Keaneylan; Harry's age of 84; blind man Danny Cain from Little London; man from Orrisdale found dead at home; Brad Killey from Orrisdale; Phillie Barrow from Kirk Michael; Manx spoken in Ballaugh; anecdote about old men, cows and dogs; Harry's parents speaking Manx; an old woman living in Harry's loft; anecdote about man buried with no headstone; Billy Bellas from Ballaugh; hard men who drank a lot; and talk of a pub in Kirk Michael.

Administration / Biographical History: Harry Boyde, native Manx speaker (1873-1953). Walter Clarke, Manx speaker and translator (1928-2007). John William ('Bill') Radcliffe, Manx scholar (1917-1984). Tom Braide, Manx language student (1920-1979).

This recording was made by Yn Cheshaght Ghailckagh (Manx Society) as part of a collection of recordings made on 29 paper tapes from 1951-1953 by members of Yn Cheshaght Ghailckagh on a ‘sound mirror’ recording machine. The machine was owned by Yn Cheshaght Ghailckagh, purchased for them by member John Gell. Recording sessions usually took place on Sunday afternoon. In most cases speakers were interviewed in their own homes, usually by two or more interviewers.

(Information from Broderick, 'Language Death in the Isle of Man', 1999.)

Language: Manx Gaelic

Extent: 1 hr. 1 min. 20 sec.

Item name: magnetic recording tape

Collection: Sound Archive

Level: ITEM

ID number: SA 0015

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