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The White Lady of Ballafreer

A peculiar rock of white quartz which has a human look about it. It is about six to seven feet high and is reputed to bring good fortune to young brides!

As you know the Isle of Man is full of history, myths and legends and lots of the stories have been handed down by oral tradition and it is difficult to find any record of them in print.

*Update from Bernadette Weyde from her excellent FB Page “As Manx as the Hills”

Extract from William Cubbon’s book, Island Heritage:

“The White Lady of Ballafreer has been an object of reverence, of wonderment, of admonition and of fear for many centuries. In view of the fact that Ballafreer was reckoned holy ground – the genesis of the name is ‘ the home of the brethren ‘ – it may have had a blessed significance, there was certainly a belief that it shed especial protection over women folk.

There is nothing elsewhere in the Island like this white quartz pillar, about six to seven feet high. A girl about to be wed would fill her mouth with the water from Chibbyr Pherick, ‘St. Patrick’s well,’ which flowed only a few yards away. Then she would walk three times around the pillar, and this must be done jesh-wise, or sun-wise, and then swallow the sacred water, saying in Manx: Ayns yn Ennym Yee, as y Vac, as y Spyrryd Noo,’ In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.’ Child-bearing women also did this ritual. And, in order to be effective, it must be performed before sunrising.”

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White Lady of Baldafreer © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

White Lady of Baldafreer © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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The Artania In Douglas Bay today (12/8/15)

With a length of 231 meters she accommodates up to 1,200 passengers and has 9 decks.

What a beautiful day for all her passengers to visit the Isle of Man.

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Artania © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Image 1  Standing at the top of the Brooghs and looking back towards North Barrule Mountain

Image 2  Overlooking Port Lewaigue and the Colony from the footpath at the Brooghs in Maughold.

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North Barrule from the Brooghs © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

Port Lewaigue from the Brooghs © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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I love this little semi-derelict cottage that is sat all alone in the North of the Island.

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Derelict in B&W © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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We had a lovely walk up to this beautiful part of the Island yesterday.

Cashtal yn Ard is one of the best ancient monuments on the Isle of Man. It is one of three Neolithic tombs, dating from about 2000 BC. It is well preserved and one of the largest of its kind in the British Isles. The monument was originally a megalithic chambered Cairn holding five chambers and extending over 130 feet long. Sites of this type were used as communal burial places for Neolithic chieftains and their families.

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Cashtal yn Ard © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Isle of Man Steam Railway Loco number 4 ‘Caledonia’ arriving at Castletown Station.

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Steam Train No. 4 Caledonia © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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There are many varied topics of interest on the forum which are mostly about the beautiful Isle of Man and it’s unique culture and we really do hope the forum will be of interest to you! Continue Reading

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This Manx slate Celtic Cross caught my eye today, when you look at the intricate, delicate hand carving that must have taken place to display this beautiful piece of artwork, this particular cross is more than 50 years old.

The image was taken on my Nikon D80 SLR with a Nikon 18-135 F3.5/5.6 G AFS DX lens at 62mm and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

Celtic Cross, Peel Isle of Man © Peter Killey

 

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