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a few hundred feet out to sea, and is terminated by a light-house. Several cannons lie scattered about ; but here, as in other places, they are, for the most part, without carriages, and in their present state altogether unfit for use..
Near the town is a protestant chapel, built upon the foundation of an old Romish one.
There is only one inn here. It is kept by a Mr. Smith, a very civil man, who is usually drunk every day, and in this state utters loudly, with little intermission, the most horrible oaths. The evening on which I was there, his wife found great difficulty to get him to bed; and, in order to gain her end, promised to bring him another glass of brandy when he should be fairly in. Whether she cajoled him or not I cannot tell ; but after he was in his room I heard him rave desperately, and talk of murdering every body in the house. I ought to add, that he is not, in his mad fits, considered dangerous, being charged with powder, but not shot. Even the report of a gun is unpleasant to weak nervés.
Two miles from Ramsey on the Kirk Michael road is Kirk Christ Lezayre, a church on a de clivity, with trees about it; a rural spot. Cha
Cermick loner can find no better derivation of its' name, = scate than its situation in a sharp air, the word in - theri Manks having this signification. Tes, and On a stone in the church-yard is this parody use of two lines of Virgil: . .
“ Quam veniente die, quam discedente requiro,
Et meam moriens reminiscer uxorem.”
ters ha rible # e, bis
In an old register of this parish is the following curious memorandum without date.
« One Robert Cottier's wife was delivered of a child, which was baptized upon the Monday; and she came to be churched upon the Wed
nesday next after: and after returning home she bring, fell in labour, and was delivered of another
child, and came to be churched upon the Satur· day next after, in the same week: churched
twice in the same week. This I testify to be Finger truth. that the
. Edr Crow, Minister.”
. I find by Chaloner that, in the year 1653, there was an Edmond Crow, minister of this .parish.
Not far from the church the remains of a copse of hazel trees are still visible. Several gentlemen's seats with trees about them are in the
neighbourhood: the vegetation is luxuriant: many apple orchards skirt the road : and the stone or mud fences frequently give way to the more useful and ornamental quickset. Ležayre parish being very extensive, is embraced by Michael, Ballaugh, Jurly, Andreas, Bride, Maughold, Lonan, Oncan, and Braddon.
In going from Ramsey to Maughold we leave North Barrule on the right. By the road-side near Port-le-voillen is a stone of considerable antiquity, with five raised balls upon it, and other devices, being about six feet long and three wide.
Maughold head is an abrupt promontory terminated by a bold cliff. Underneath some moss-covered rocks was a spring called St. Maughold's Well, much resorted to for the supposed medicinal virtues of its waters; and for the fecundity which they imparted to women, when sitting in the saint's chair to drink them. The name of this village is derived from one of the early bishops of the island.
The church, in dimension seventy-two feet by seventeen, extravagant proportions even for Man, stands in the center of five acres of grass, interspersed with grave-stopes. The Manke church-yards have not the neatness of those of Wales ; and the mournful yew is rarely, if ever, to be seen. Near the entrance to this is a pillar of unhewn clay-slate, about seven feet high, the center of a horse-block. Three of its sides represent our Saviour in three states—of birth, passion, and crucifixion. The fourth side is simply ornamented with a sprig of oak. That it refers, as Robertson conjectures, to St. Maughold and St. Bridget is highly improbable.
Nearly two miles on this side of Laxey is a turning towards Snawfel. The prospect from its summit combines the advantages of the two Barrules; and from its central situation includes a larger portion of Manks territory. The situation of it is said indeed to be the center of the British dominions, whence all of them may be plainly discerned.
Laxey is a place of little trade, being composed of not more than thirty cottages. It has only one shop, apparently very ill supplied, and two public houses. For butcher's meat and many other articles of convenience the inhabitants send weekly to Douglas. The herring fishery of this place is not very considerable; and the present scarcity of salmon is attributed
to the water from the copper-mines. The river's banks are high and steep ; and in some places well planted with trees. A little way up the valley is a flax-spinning mill upon a construction similar to that of Messrs. Moores near Douglas. The water is kept up by an embankment of stone, over which salmon, in the spawning season, were often seen to leap. Trout abound in Laxey river. Milbourn, who keeps a public-house near the bridge, a miner, a fisherman, and a very civil man, will readily inform the stranger where are the best spots for angling, furnish him with flies of his own making; and, I dare say, if asked, partake his sport. Laxey bridge is very narrow, and apparently ancient.
Lonan, the parish church, is a mile from the village. Its name is a corruption of Lomanus, the saint to whom it is dedicated, a son of Tigris, sister to St. Patrick, and the first bishop of Trim in Ireland.
In the year 1786, two hundred and thirtyseven pieces of silver were found in this parish by a person digging; and several others had been previously discovered.
Nearly two miles on the Douglas side of Laxey near the road, are about twelve stones