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A Choice Collection of Songs composed by Archdeacon Ryter. For the Amusement and Diversion of the Rt. Honourable James Earl of Derby during his Retreat to his Island of Man in the Time of the Oliverian Usurpation.

Date(s): 1650s

Scope & Content: Contains English and Manx text for 'Eubonia's Praise A Song', 'The Little Quiet Nation, A Manx translation' and 'A Threnodia - Or Elegaic Song on the Direfull Effects of the Grand Rebellion, with a Prophetick view of the Downfall & Catastrophe thereof. Composed by the Reverend Author on Scarlett Rocks near Castletown'.

Administration / Biographical History: Samuel Rutter (d. 1663) was nominated as Archdeacon of Man in 1640. He wrote numerous pieces of poetry for the Earl of Derby's amusement, but not many of them have been published. Rutter served as Chaplain to 7th Earl of Derby and was at Lathom House, Lancs during its first siege. He was also ‘the chosen friend counsellor, and afterwards chaplain, of the noble-minded Countess, during all her troubles, and it was principally through her influence that he succeeded to the bishopric’ (in 1661). Bishop Rutter is buried in St German’s Cathedral, St Patrick's Isle, Peel.

Language: English

Extent: 1 booklet (9 folios)

Item name: Manuscript

Collection: Manuscript Archive

Level: ITEM

ID number: MS 00154/1

Retrieval number: MS 00154/1 A

Record class: Private

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Subject tags : #MM100


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