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Photocopy of three notebooks, 'Methodism in Peel 65 years ago by Thomas Crellin born 1823' also contains obituary of Thomas Crellin Peel City Guardian, May 1907, known as 'Tommy the Mate'

Date(s): 1894-1907

Scope & Content: The three notebooks cover 1894 to1907. They include descriptions of the traveling Methodist preachers including those who gave their sermons in Manx, and the chapels in the west of the Island including Gordon, Glen Rushen and Foxdale. Thomas describes his early memories of attending services, the earliest being Sunday School at the Temperance Chapel near the shore (Peel) and attending chapel with his grandmother in Patrick. He talks of the old hymns sung and gives titles. There are a few verses from the bible written in Manx. There are his poems including 'Greeba Castle', 'My Grandmother's house by the side of the road', 'The farmer feeds us well', 'the Peel fishing boats'. There are some writings that appear to be parables or moral stories, possibly sermons, concerning sales of calves, fishing boats, telling the time by the sky and other weather lore

Administration / Biographical History: Thomas Crellin of Peel ('Tommy the Mate') 1823-1907 temperence preacher, master mariner, poet, singer, story teller, source for Hall Caine and T.E.Brown, provided tunes used in Gill's Manx national song book.

Language: English

Extent: 1 folder

Item name: Manuscript

Collection: Manuscript Archive

Level: FONDS

ID number: MS 08224

Retrieval number: MD 865

Record class: Private

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