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Famous people from Isle of Man

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Mark Cavendish

Professional Road Racing Cyclist

Mark Simon Cavendish MBE is a Manx professional road racing cyclist who currently rides for UCI ProTeam Omega Pharma-Quick Step. Originally a track cyclist specialising in the madison, points race, and scratch race disciplines, he has competed on the road since 2006, rising to prominence as a sprinter, widely considered to be the fastest cyclist on two wheels in the world. On the track Cavendish won gold in the Madison at the 2005 and 2008 world championships riding for Great Britain, with Rob Hayles and Bradley Wiggins respectively, and in the scratch race at the 2006 Commonwealth Games riding for Isle of Man. As a road cyclist Cavendish achieved eleven wins in his first professional season, equalling the record held by Alessandro Petacchi. Cavendish has won twenty-five Tour de France stages putting him third on the all-time list and fourth on the all-time list of Grand Tour stage winners with forty-three victories. He won the road race at the 2011 road world championships, becoming the second British rider to do so after Tom Simpson in 1965. Other notable wins include the 2009 Milan – San Remo classic and the points classification in all three of the grand tours: the 2010 Vuelta a España, the 2011 Tour de France, and the 2013 Giro d'Italia. In 2012 he became the first person to win the final Champs-Élysées stage in the Tour de France in four consecutive years.

Samantha Barks


Samantha Jane Barks is an actress and singer from the Isle of Man who first rose to fame after coming third in the BBC talent show–themed television series I'd Do Anything in 2008. In 2012, she starred alongside Jonathan Bailey in the Disney Channel series Groove High and made her film debut as Éponine in the film version of the long-running musical Les Misérables. For the film, she received nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, and Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Ensemble, and won the National Board of Review Award for Best Cast and Empire Award for Best Female Newcomer.

Amy Jackson


Amy Louise Jackson is a British model and actress, working mainly in the South Indian film industry but also in Hindi language films of Bollywood. She won the Miss Teen World competition in 2009 and then went on to win Miss Liverpool in 2010. She made her acting debut with the 2010 Tamil period-drama Madrasapattinam, and followed it up with her first Bollywood release in 2012, with the romantic drama Ekk Deewana Tha. She is set to make her debut in Telugu cinema with Yevadu in 2013.

Peter Kennaugh

Professional Cyclist

Peter Kennaugh MBE is a Manx professional racing cyclist who currently rides for UCI ProTour team Team Sky. In 2012 he won the gold medal as part of the Great Britain Team Pursuit team at the 2012 Summer Olympics becoming the first Manxman in 100 years to win gold.

Harry Manx

Blues Artist

Harry Manx is a musician who blends blues, folk music, and Hindustani classical music. He was born on the Isle of Man where he spent his childhood and now lives on Saltspring Island, British Columbia, Canada. Manx plays the slide guitar, harmonica, six-string banjo, mohan veena and Ellis stomp box. He studied for five years in India with Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. He has released eleven albums. Manx was a nominee in the 8th Annual Independent Music Awards for his cover of "I'm on Fire".

Mel Collins


Melvyn Desmond "Mel" Collins is a British saxophonist, flautist and session musician. He has worked in a wide variety of contexts ranging from R&B and blues rock to jazz, but is perhaps known for his work in progressive rock, as with King Crimson, Camel and the Alan Parsons Project.

Conor Cummins


Conor Cummins is a British motorcycle racer. Conor rides extensively on the British Road Racing Circuit competing in the British Superstock Championship as well as his home event the Isle of Man TT.

Frank Kermode

Literary critic

Sir John Frank Kermode FBA was a British literary critic best known for his work The Sense of an Ending: Studies in the Theory of Fiction, published in 1967, and for his extensive book-reviewing and editing. He was the Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London and the King Edward VII Professor of English Literature at Cambridge University. Kermode was known for many works of criticism, and also as editor of the popular Fontana Modern Masters series of introductions to modern thinkers. He was a regular contributor to the London Review of Books and The New York Review of Books.

Steve Parrish

Person or entity appearing in film

Steve Parrish is a former motorcycle and truck racer, who is now a motorsport commentator for British and Australian television channels.

Greg Mansell

Racing driver

Greg Mansell is a British racing driver and road cyclist, currently racing in cycling's Halfords Tour Series, having previously competed in motorsports Formula Renault 3.5 Series. He is the son of Formula One world champion, Nigel Mansell, and younger brother of fellow racing driver Leo Mansell.

David Higgins


David Higgins is a British rally driver.

Davy Knowles

Blues-rock Artist

Davy Knowles is a blues guitarist and singer. Knowles, formerly of the blues-rock band Back Door Slam, is now working as a solo artist under the name Davy Knowles and Back Door Slam. With Back Door Slam, he played lead guitar and sang on their debut album, Roll Away. After a split-up with bassist Adam Jones and drummer Ross Doyle, Knowles released his first solo album, Coming Up for Air, on May 19, 2009. Knowles drew his musical influences from blues musicians that he grew up listening to such as Dire Straits, Peter Green, and Eric Clapton's Cream. Due to his home country's proximity to Ireland, Knowles has stated that his music also is influenced by the Celtic genre, which is noted to be present in the song "Roll Away". In April 2009, Knowles toured with British guitarist Jeff Beck on his American tour, where he was the opening act. He toured with Joe Satriani and Chickenfoot in the United States through December 2009. Davy Knowles toured with The Rhythm Devils in 2010.

Edward Forbes


Professor Edward Forbes FRS, FGS was a Manx naturalist.

Lesley Gibb


Lesley Evans is the sister of English musicians Barry, Robin, Maurice & Andy Gibb. She is the eldest child and only daughter of Hugh and Barbara Gibb.

Christine Collister

Blues Artist

Christine Collister is a Manx folk, blues and jazz singer-songwriter. She was born and grew up on the Isle of Man and first came to public attention in 1986 as the singer of the theme song for the BBC's television adaptation of Fay Weldon's book The Life and Loves of a She-Devil. Prior to this, in 1985 she became a permanent member of the Richard Thompson Band, serving both as a backing vocalist, and also singing with Thompson on many songs which had been preiously performed as duets with ex-wife and former collaborator Linda Thompson. Over a period of four years, Collister took in several world tours with Thompson, after which came seven years working and romantic involvement with singer, songwriter and guitar player, Clive Gregson. During this period, the couple released five albums. Gregson is currently trying to re-release these on CD, starting with their first and most successful album, Home and Away. Collister has released several solo albums since 1994, including Live, Blue Aconite, Dark Gift of Time and the compilation cd Songbird all for Fledgling Records, and An Equal Love and Into The Light for Topic Records. She has worked with the Isle of Man based Stereo Scout Records, part of the Running Media Management Group, with whom she recorded a live album entitled Home in 2004, and her 20th Anniversary DVD entitled XX in 2005. In between these highly acclaimed projects, Collister also produced a vinyl cut for award winning hi-fi manufacturer REGA, entitled Love. The project was a collection of mainly cover songs, including tracks by Jim Croce, Kate Bush and Joni Mitchell, as well as her own interpretation of the Leonard Cohen song, "Hallelujah".

Jonathan Bellis


Jonathan Bellis is a Manx racing cyclist from Douglas, riding for ILLI-Bikes Cycling Team. He has represented Great Britain on the track and the road. Bellis emerged from the British Olympic Academy Programme. After success in European track championships, he became Britain's first medalist at the under-23 world road championship, in 2007, finishing third. He represented Britain at the 2008 Olympic Games in the road race. He then signed with Team CSC Saxo Bank as a trainee and rode the 2008 Tour of Britain. On 19 September 2009, he crashed on a motor scooter near the Great Britain academy training base in Quarrata, Italy. At first he was in a critical condition, but was soon became stable. He began awaking from his induced coma four weeks later. In 2012, he joined the An Post-Sean Kelly team. Subsequently he joined the ILLI-Bikes Cycling Team, a Belgian amateur squad, in 2013.

Peter Heywood

Military Person

Peter Heywood was a British naval officer who was on board HMS Bounty during the mutiny of 28 April 1789. He was later captured in Tahiti, tried and condemned to death as a mutineer, but subsequently pardoned. He resumed his naval career and eventually retired with the rank of post-captain, after 29 years of honourable service. The son of a prominent Isle of Man family with strong naval connections, Heywood joined Bounty under Lieutenant William Bligh at the age of 15 and, although unranked was given the privileges of a junior officer. Bounty left England in 1787 on a mission to collect and transport breadfruit from the Pacific, and arrived in Tahiti late in 1788. Relations between Bligh and certain of his officers, notably Fletcher Christian, became strained, and worsened during the five months that Bounty remained in Tahiti. Shortly after the ship began its homeward voyage Christian and his discontented followers seized Bligh and took control of the vessel. Bligh and 18 loyalists were set adrift in an open boat; Heywood was among those who remained with Bounty. Later, he and 15 others left the ship and settled in Tahiti, while Bounty sailed on, ending its voyage at Pitcairn Island. Bligh, after an epic open-boat journey, eventually reached England, where he implicated Heywood as one of the mutiny's prime instigators. In 1791 Heywood and his companions were captured in Tahiti by the search vessel HMS Pandora, and held in irons for transportation to England. The subsequent journey was prolonged and eventful; Pandora was wrecked on the Great Barrier Reef, four of Heywood's fellow prisoners were drowned, and Heywood himself was fortunate to survive.

Chris Killip


Chris Killip is a film producer.

Godred Crovan


Godred Crovan was a Norse-Gael ruler of Dublin, and King of Mann and the Isles in the second half of the 11th century. Godred's epithet Crovan may mean "white hand". In Manx folklore he is known as King Orry.

Miles Walker


Sir Miles Rawstron Walker CBE LLD is a Manx businessman and politician, who was the first ever Chief Minister of the Isle of Man.

Kevin Woodford


Kevin Woodford is a Manx celebrity chef, actor, television presenter, businessman, hotelier and former restaurateur.

Mark Christian


Mark Christian is a Manx racing cyclist. He is part of the Great Britain Olympic Development Program. In 2010, he won a bronze medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in the 40KM Scratch Race. He is a native of the Isle of Man.

Leo Mansell

Racing driver

Leo Mansell is a British racing driver. He is the son of 1992 Formula One world champion, Nigel Mansell, and elder brother of fellow racing driver Greg Mansell. Leo and his younger brother have always raced in the same series, starting with Karting in 2000. The brothers ascended through the Karting ranks, and moved into single-seater racing in 2006, in the Formula BMW UK series. The pair were granted drives in the finale of the 2006 British Formula Three Championship at Thruxton, driving for the Fortec Motorsport team, in Invitational Class, with Leo finishing in 14th position in the first race, and then 13th in the second. Mansell, with his Father Nigel, tested a Chamberlain-Synergy team Le Mans prototype Lola-AER B06/10 during the week commencing 14 July 2008 at the Estoril circuit. He is now racing for the Ferrari GT2 team in the Le Mans Series for the 2009 season. For the 2010 season he co-drove a Ginetta-Zytek GZ09S - with his brother Greg and father Nigel - in select Le Mans Series events and in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. At the 8 Hours of Castellet they finished 9th overall, but their Le Mans effort was cut short due to a tyre failure and a crash by Nigel early in the event.

Archibald Knox

Deceased Person

Archibald Knox, was a Manx art nouveau designer of Scottish descent. Knox's father, William Knox, was living in Kilbirnie when he married Ann Carmichael from Lismore Island in 1853. They had moved to the Isle Of Man in 1856 with their firstborn, Robert where William "an exceptionally ingenious cabinet and machine-maker, joined Moore’s Tromode Works, makers of high quality herring nets and sailcloth." William's sister Margaret had been the first Knox to move to Man when she married a Manx fisherman, William Callister in 1856. William Knox later started his own firm "William Knox’s Engineering Works" and was joined in his enterprise by four of his sons - Archibald pursuing his own career in art. Besides running a successful steamboat and ferry business, the Knox family were pioneers in industrial electric lighting on Man and introduced the first motor car to the island. Archibald, the Knoxs' 5th child, started his schooling at St. Barnabas Elementary School, and later attended Douglas Grammar School and Douglas School of Art, developing a lifelong interest in Celtic art. His designs for Liberty's made him a household name, as did his watercolours, graphic designs and fonts. His design talent covered a wide range of objects, ornamental and utilitarian, and included silver and pewter tea sets, jewellery, inkwells, boxes, gravestones and even bank cheques, much for Liberty's Tudric and Cymric ranges. The gravestone of Liberty's founder, Arthur Lasenby Liberty, was designed by Knox.

Dave Molyneux


Dave Molyneux is a Sidecar TT racer with sixteen Isle of Man TT wins and he has had more TT wins than any other sidecar TT racer. He is also third on the all-time wins list, with only Joey Dunlop and John McGuinness taking more victories than Molyneux.

Arnold Potts

Military Person

Brigadier Arnold William Potts DSO, OBE, MC was an Australian grazier who served in the First World War and led 21st Brigade of the Second AIF during its defence of the Kokoda Trail during the Second World War. He had a distinguished career, however, his place in history has largely been unacknowledged due to his dismissal by General Sir Thomas Blamey, at the very point when Potts had fought the Japanese to exhaustion. His fighting withdrawal over the Kokoda Trail has been called "one of the most critical triumphs in Australian military history and one that an apathetic nation has still to honour". Many contemporaries as well as Potts' official biographer regard this sacking as one of the most disgraceful actions of Blamey's military career. Following his dismissal, Potts went on to command the 23rd Brigade during the Bougainville campaign where he earned a reputation for setting high standards. He retired from the military following the end of the war and unsuccessfully pursued a career in politics. He died in 1968, aged 71.

Dan Kneen


Dan Richard Kneen is a professional motorcycle racer from Douglas, Isle of Man. He is currently riding in the British Superbike Championship. In 2008, Kneen became the first rider to win a hat-trick at the Manx Grand Prix. At the Isle of Man TT his best result has been fifth in the 2010 Supersport A race. Kneen was fourth in the 2009 Metzeler National Superstock 600cc Championship and second in the 2010 British Supersport Cup. For 2011, Kneen moved into the Evo class of the British Superbike Championship on a Kawasaki ZX-10R and despite missing much of the early season due to injuries sustained from a testing accident at Jurby, he scored points in eight races with a best finish of fourth at Brands Hatch.

Dursley McLinden


Dursley McLinden was a Manx actor whose career was mostly focused on the London stage in musicals such as The Phantom of the Opera, Gigi and Follies. His television roles included a 1988 appearance in Doctor Who as Sgt. Mike Smith in the story Remembrance of the Daleks. McLinden continued working up until a few weeks before his death at the age of 30. His death was attributed to AIDS.

Elizabeth Holloway Marston


Elizabeth "Sadie" Holloway Marston was an American psychologist. She was also an inspiration used by her husband, William Moulton Marston when he created the "Wonder Woman" superheroine in the early 1940s. She was involved in the creation of the comic book character, Wonder Woman with her husband, William Moulton Marston. She was also involved in the development of the systolic blood-pressure test used to detect deception with Marston.

Hilary Pritchard


Hilary Pritchard was a British film and television actress. Television roles included parts in The Avengers episode "Take Over" and Are You Being Served?. Hilary also appeared as the "dumb blonde" in live comedy sketches in the TV consumer programme "That's Life".

Bill Malarky


William "Bill" Mackay Malarkey is a Manx politician, who was elected Liberal Vannin MHK for Douglas South but later defected from the party and sat as an independent. In the 2011 general election he lost his seat to Liberal Vannin candidate Kate Beecroft.

Tony Brown


James Anthony Brown OBE is a Manx politician, former businessman and electrician who was the Chief Minister of the Isle of Man from December 2006 until October 2011, when he stepped down from office following his decision to retire.

Toni Onley

Painting Artist

Toni Onley OC was a Canadian painter noted for his landscapes and abstract works. Born in Douglas on the Isle of Man, he moved to Canada in 1948, and lived in Brantford, Ontario. Among his works are many watercolours depicting the northern Canadian landscape. Onley painted natural subjects according to his view to create beautiful landscapes in the Canadian tradition. Icebergs, trees, water and coasts are the prominent features in these artworks. He also painted abstractly, particularly during the 1960s, when he produced his Polar series. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1999. He was made a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. He died at the age of 76 on the Fraser River in British Columbia as he was practising flying an LA4 buccaneer amphibious plane by landing and taking off.

Donald Gelling


Donald James Gelling CBE CP, CInstSMM is a Manx former politician, who is a former Chief Minister of the Isle of Man who served two terms as Head of the Government.

Thomas William Baxter Aveling


Thomas William Baxter Aveling, was an independent congregational minister, born at Castletown in the Isle of Man, the son of a soldier and an Irish mother. Aveling received his theological training at Highbury College, and in 1838 was appointed to the pastorate of the Kingsland Congregational Church, Hackney. Here he acquired a high reputation for eloquence and learning, his popularity with his flock being evinced by the fact that his connection with them was only terminated by his death. In 1876 he was appointed chairman of the Congregational Union. He was also for many years the honorary secretary of the Asylum for Fatherless Children at Purley. During his half-century of ministerial labour he published a large number of sermons and other fugitive pieces, and one work of a more substantial character, viz. 'Memorials of the Clayton Family,' 8vo, 1867, which, as it contains correspondence never before published of the Countess of Huntingdon and other persons eminent in the religious world of the last century, has some pretensions to the character of an original authority. The Dictionary of National Biography incorrectly states that "some years before his death he received from the Washington University the degree of D.D." Aveling actually received his honorary D.D. degree in 1874 from Howard University located in Washington, D.C.

Christopher Stott


Christopher Bryan Robert Stott is a space entrepreneur. He is best known for co-founding the regulatory and orbital frequency services company, ManSat, Odyssey Moon Odyssey Moon, and the International Institute of Space Commerce International Institute of Space Commerce ManSat was covered in Forbes magazine in 2001. In 2010 he was named Celton Isle of Man Business Man of the Year Christopher Stott was born in July 1969, in Douglas, Isle of Man. He is married to Nicole P. Stott, an American astronaut. They have one son. They live near Houston, Texas.

Bryan Kneale


Bryan Kneale RA is a Manx artist and sculptor, described by BBC News Online as "one of the Isle of Man's best known artists."

Gordon Manley


Gordon Valentine Manley, FRGS was an English climatologist who assembled the Central England temperature series of monthly mean temperatures stretching back to 1659. This is the longest standardised instrumental record available for anywhere in the world. It provides a benchmark for proxy records of climatic change for the period covered, and is a notable example of scientific scholarship and perseverance. His two papers describing the work are available online.

Mark Wilks


Colonel Mark Wilks FRS was a Manx soldier and administrator. He was born in the Isle of Man, the son of Rev. James Wilks and Elisabeth Christian, and came from a long lineage of Manxmen. At the age of 18 he went to India on a military commission and was appointed to the Madras Army. He served as the Town Major at Fort Saint George, the capital of Madras Presidency and later he was appointed the acting Resident at Mysore. He was the author of the historical document entitled, Report on the Internal Administration of Mysore. This document was a continuation of report the survey of the Kingdom of Mysore undertaken by Lieut. Col Colin Mackenzie. He also wrote the book, Historical Sketches of the South of India In an attempt to trace the History of Mysore. This document also relates to the works of Lieut. Col Mackenzie. Mark Wilks was the uncle of Mark Cubbon who was the Commissioner of Mysore and after whom the Cubbon Park in Bangalore is named. After his return from India, Mark Wilks with the active help and co-operation of James Kirkpatrick, the East India Company Resident at Hyderabad, wrote one of the first histories of medieval South India: Historical Sketches of the South of India. This volume examined the rise of the Mysore Wodeyar Dynasty in the confusion following the fall of Vijayanagara in 1565.

John Thomas Caine

US Congressperson

John Thomas Caine was a delegate to the United States House of Representatives from the Territory of Utah.

Steve Joughin


Steve Joughin is a former professional Manx road racing cyclist. He was the first Manxman ever win the British professional road race title. He is arguably one of the best UK riders of his generation, riding in the 1980s which was the golden age of British racing.

Hugh Binney


Admiral Sir Thomas Hugh Binney, KCB, KCMG, DSO was a British naval officer and administrator who was Governor of Tasmania from 1945 to 1951.

Jane Roskams


n Jane Roskams is a neuroscientist at the University of British Columbia, where she is a professor in the Brain Research Centre and directs the laboratory of neural regeneration and brain repair. Roskams previously worked at Johns Hopkins Medical School, where she began research to analyse the mechanisms that drive successful regeneration in the olfactory system and underscore the early loss of brain function in Alzheimer's disease. This led her to her group's current research in examining the interplay between genetics and the environment in shaping how cells in the nervous system develop and adapt, amidst the challenges of a changing world.

Zoe Gillings


Zoe Gillings is a British snowboarder. At the 2006 Winter Olympics, Gillings finished 15th in the first ever women's Snowboard Cross. At the 2010 Winter Olympics, Gillings finished 8th in the women's Snowboard Cross.

Nick Crowe


Nick Crowe is a 5 time Isle of Man TT Winner and 2008 British F2 Champion of sidecar racing. He started his career as a passenger before switching to driver in 2000, handing the passenger seat to his childhood friend Darren Hope. He is the TT sidecar lap record holder. In 2001 the TT races were canceled, so Nick and Darren concentrated on different races in the UK and the Isle of Man. The next year was a good year for the pair. In 2004, with the purchase of Dave Molyneux's outfit, the team could go faster in the southern hundred and Jurby, and in the TT. 2005 brought Nick's first TT win in Race A, beating rival Dave Molyneux, although he came second in Race B. In 2006, the A & J Groundworks outfit won the Double, both Race A and B. In 2007, with new passenger Daniel Sayle, Crowe set the fastest-ever sidecar lap, which remains unbeaten As of 2012. However, the team were forced to retire from the lead in both races. With another new passenger, Mark Cox, Crowe won both Race 1 and 2 in 2008. In 2009, Crowe and Cox are on a Honda HMplant/Dave Hudspeth Carpets F2 600cc. Crowe and Cox qualified in pole for the 2009 event but suffered mechanical failure whilst leading race one. In race two the pair crashed heavily at the 17 mile marker on lap 1 and were taken to by air Noble's Hospital with serious fractures. The crash was caused by a hare running onto the course in front of the duo. The race was cancelled, as was the following practice for the senior TT. Nick has since been flown to the UK where he has undergone a number of operations. He is now back on the island, still involved in sidecar racing. Nick owns his own team consisting of Simon Neary and Paul Napton Sponsored by HMPLANT and Dave Hudspeth Carpets. The Duo will start at number 3.

Middlebush Giant

Deceased Person

Arthur James Caley or Routh Goshen was most commonly known as Colonel Routh Goshen, but this was a stage name that was created by Phineas Taylor Barnum. He was billed as the tallest man in the world at 7 ft, 11 inches and 620 pounds but was most likely no more than 7 ft, 5 inches and 400 pounds. While his birth name and date of birth were kept a secret, a letter that surfaced indicated that his birth name was Arthur James Caley and he was born on the Isle of Man in 1827. Other sources said he was born in Jerusalem on May 5, 1837. His true origins are still obscured by the many apocryphal biographies that were created to publicize him.

Tony Eccles


Tony Eccles is an actor.

Mark Cubbon

Military Person

Lieutenant-General Sir Mark Cubbon KCB was a British army officer with the East India Company who became the British Commissioner of Mysore state in 1834. He retained this office until 1860. He moved the capital from Mysore to Bangalore, helped reform the finances of Mysore, and created a peaceful and prosperous government. Cubbon Road and Cubbon Park in Bangalore are named for him.

Tim Kennaugh


Tim Kennaugh is a Manx racing cyclist.

David Lyon

Cricket Player

David Walker Lyon is a former English cricketer. Lyon was a right-handed batsman who bowled right-arm fast-medium. He was born at Douglas, Isle of Man. Lyon made his debut for Cambridgeshire in the 1965 Minor Counties Championship against Bedfordshire. From 1965 to 1972, he represented the county in 15 Minor Counties matches, with his final appearance coming against Bedfordshire. Lyon also represented Cambridgeshire in a single List A cricket match against Buckinghamshire in the 1972 Gillette Cup. In his only List-A match, he took a single wicket at a bowling average of 44.00, with best figures of 1/44. His brother, Andrew, played List A cricket for Buckinghamshire and Middlesex.

Dave Moore


Dave Moore is a television motorsport commentator. He has commentated on many motorsport events including the North West 200 and the Ulster Grand Prix for BBC television. He is one of the commentators on the British Rally Championship which is broadcast on Sky Sports. He is the on-screen presenter and commentator for the British Motocross Championship which is broadcast on Sky Sports. He is also race commentator for the P1 Powerboat Championship which is broadcast on Sky Sports. He has also presented and co-presented a number of motorsport television programmes including the British Rally Championship, the Isle of Man TT Races, the British Rallycross Championship, the Moto 1 series, World's Fastest Bikes 2, MCN and the Dunlop Race Academy. He also wrote, produced and narrated the films 'Hizzy: Champion of Road and Track' about the career of motorcycle racer Steve Hislop and 'The David Jefferies Story' about motorcycle racer David Jefferies. Moore has written a number of articles, including cover stories, for various UK magazines including Motorcycle Racer, Motorcycle Sport & Leisure and Island Racer. He has also reported on a freelance basis for Autosport and Motorsport News.

Peter Buckley

Professional Cyclist

Peter Buckley was a Manx and British racing cyclist. He was a gold medalist in the road race at the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica. Buckley was killed in an accident whilst training in July 1969 when he hit a loose dog. The Peter Buckley Trophy was named in his honour, and is presented annually to the winner of the British junior national road race series winner.

John Quilliam

Military Person

Captain John Quilliam RN was a Royal Navy officer and the First Lieutenant on HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. He was a farmer’s son from the Isle of Man who was impressed in the Royal Navy in 1794.

Sophia Morrison

Deceased Person

Sophia Morrison was a Manx cultural activist, folklore collector and author. Through her own work and through her role in encouraging and enthusing others, she is considered to be one of the key figures of the Manx cultural revival. She is best remembered today for writing Manx Fairy Tales, published in 1911, although her greatest influence was as an activist for the revitalisation of Manx culture, particularly through her work with the Manx Language Society and its journal, Mannin, which she edited from 1913 until her death.

Emma Christian

Musical Artist

Emma Christian is a prominent artist in the recent revival of traditional Manx folk music. Emma was born on the Isle of Man in 1972 and was brought up there on a farm. In 1990, she went to Cambridge University in England to study Celtic history. Her musical career was launched in 1994 at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland. Emma sings in both Manx and English and accompanies herself on the harp, but also plays the recorder. She has made several acclaimed performances at the annual Festival Interceltique de Lorient in Brittany and other Celtic festivals throughout the world Emma's first album was Beneath the Twilight or Ta'n Dooid Cheet in Manx and has also appeared on compilation albums such as Celtic Voices, Celtic Airs & Ballads, Celtic Songs of Love, Festival Interceltique de Lorient: Volume 2 and Celtic Dreams

Clare Christian


The Honorable Clare Margaret Christian BSc MLC is a Manx politician, who is currently President of Tynwald. She's a former member of the Legislative Council and former Health Minister of the Isle of Man Government. Christian is the daughter of the late Sir Charles Kerruish, President of Tynwald and Chairman of the Executive Council. Her sister is Annie Craine, the Treasury Minister. She is a graduate of the University of London gaining a degree in Physics and Chemistry and previously worked as a research chemist for Cadbury Schweppes. She was also the Island Guide Commissioner from 1991 to 1996. Christian became an MHK at her first attempt for the Ayre constituency in March 1980 but failed to be reelected in 1986. She was however appointed an MLC in 1993 and was made Health Minister in 1996 overseeing the construction of the new Nobles Hospital. In 2011, she was elected to the role of President.

Robert Wylie

Painting Artist

Robert Wylie, American artist, was born in the Isle of Man and relocated with his parents to the United States as a child. Wylie studied in the schools of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, later serving a curator. In 1860, he helped found the Philadelphia Sketch Club, now one of the nation's oldest artists' clubs. His early work as a sculptor in Philadelphia is little known, with only a few works positively attributed to him. In 1863, the directors of the Pennsylvania Academy sent Wylie to France to study. He went to Pont-Aven, Brittany, in the early sixties, where he remained until his death there in 1877. He painted Breton peasants and scenes in the history of Brittany; among his important works was a large canvas, "The Death of a Vendean Chief," now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. He won a medal of the second class at the Paris Salon of 1872.

Brian Stowell

Radio personality

Thomas Brian Stowell is a Manx radio personality, linguist, physicist and author. He is also Yn Lhaihder to the Parliament of the Isle of Man, Tynwald. He is considered one of the primary people behind the revival of the Manx language. While a student he became fluent in the language, and made tape recordings of its elderly speakers. He became fluent in Irish and used his fluency to translate Irish language courses into Manx use. He has become involved with radio broadcasts for Manx Radio. In 2008 Stowell was awarded the Manx Heritage Foundation’s Reih Bleeaney Vanannan award for outstanding contributions to Manx culture. On Tynwald Day 2010, he was awarded the Tynwald Honour, the highest honour that Tynwald can award a citizen. Stowell published Contoyryssyn Ealish ayns Cheer ny Yindyssyn, a Manx translation of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, in 1990. In March 2006 Stowell's Dunveryssyn yn Tooder-Folley, the first full-length novel in Manx, was published.

Noel Cringle


The Honorable Noel Quayle Cringle OBE MLC is a former President of Tynwald in the Isle of Man. Cringle was educated at Castle Rushen High School and became a farmer and later auctioneer. Married to Mary, two sons. Elected to Arbory Parish Commissioners in 1964 serving through until 1974. First elected a Member of the House of Keys in 1974 as the member for Rushen. He lost his seat in 1986, whilst being Chairman of the Home Affairs Board, but regained it in 1991 continuing as the Member for Rushen until his elevation to the LegCo in 2000 following his election as President of Tynwald. From 1996 to 2000 he was Speaker of the House of Keys. From 2000 to 2011 he was President of Tynwald. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2008 New Year Honours.

William Rowan

Chivalric Order Member

Field Marshal Sir William Rowan, GCB was a British military commander.

Baldwin Wake Walker

Military Person

Admiral Sir Baldwin Wake Walker, 1st Baronet KCB was Surveyor of the Navy from 1848 to 1861. and was responsible for the Royal Navy's warship construction programme during the 1850s naval arms race and at the time of the introduction of the Ironclad warship; it was his decision to build HMS Warrior. He was created 1st Baronet Wake Walker, of Oakley House in 1856.

Phil Gawne


Philip Anderson "Phil" Gawne BSc MHK is a Manx politician, who is the Member of the House of Keys for Rushen, a constituency in the Isle of Man. He is also the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and therefore a member of the Council of Ministers.

Eddie Teare


William Edward "Eddie" Teare, MHK is a Manx politician, who is the Minister of the Treasury and current member of the House of Keys for Ayre. He was first elected to the House at the 2004 by election. He was educated at Ramsey Grammar School. He is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and has a distinction in the Finance of Foreign Trade. He worked for the Isle of Man Bank from 1965 to 2004, rising to the Risk Manager and Senior Relationship Manager. He has also worked as a Conveyancing Manager at Laurence Keenan Advocates.

Alan Crowe


Edward "Alan" Crowe MLC, FCIS, ACIB is a Manx politician and former teacher, who was a member of the Legislative Council in the Isle of Man.

David Cretney


The Honourable David Clifford Cretney MHK is a Manx politician and entrepreneur, who is, as of September 2011, the Minister of the Department of Infrastructure. He is a former Tourism and Leisure Minister of the Isle of Man Government. He has been a Member of the House of Keys from 1985 for Douglas South. Before going into politics, he was a shop manager and a businessman, he closed down his businesses in December 2012 and the early part of January 2013, as he chose not to renew the leases on both of his shop premises.

John Crellin


John Crellin was a Manx motorcycle racer from Douglas who died during the 2009 Isle of Man TT on the 5th lap of the Senior race. John was a popular competitor in many sports with a long career in Motorcycle Racing especially the Isle of Man TT, Mountain Climbing, and running. Isle of Man TT organisers released the following statement after the fatal accident: The organisers of the Isle of Man TT Races, ACU Events Ltd, regret to announce that John Crellin has died following an incident at the 27th Milestone at the entry to the Mountain Mile during today's Senior TT race. John, 55, was an experienced TT competitor who has competed in a number of TT races and Manx Grand Prix events. He was a civil engineer with the Department of Transport's Design Services division. The Coroner of Inquests has been informed and an investigation into the circumstances of the accident is under way. Earlier in the day John had finished third in the 2009 TTXGP Open Class mountain course race riding a Team Tork electric bike. He had finished within the top 30 in numerous previous TT and Manx Grand Prix events.

Charles Kerruish


Sir Henry "Charles" Kerruish OBE LLD CP MLC was perhaps the most well known Manx politician. He was the Speaker of the House of Keys from 1962 to 1990, making him the longest serving Speaker in any Parliament in the Commonwealth, and first President of Tynwald. He was also the first Chairman of the Executive Council, the forerunner of the present Chief Minister of the Isle of Man, from 1961 to 1967. This made him the first Manx person to fulfil an executive role on the Isle of Man. Previously the Lieutenant Governor had exercised all executive power. He was a keen supporter of Scouting on the Isle of Man, often offering his own lands for camping.

Esther Nelson


Esther Nelson was a Manx poet best remembered for her book, Island Minstrelsy. She was born in 1810 and baptised in Jurby on 6 June. She was the daughter of John Nelson, a vicar in three Manx parish churches: Jurby, Santon and Bride. It was from the rectory at Bride, at the age of 29, that she wrote the dedication of her book of poems, Island Minstrelsy: 'To her island home, the authoress affectionately dedicates the first and simple effusions of an island heart.' Nelson was a well-respected poet during her lifetime, often writing under the pen names "The Island Minstrel" or "Hadassah", the latter of which was given to her by G. H. Wood, a gentleman poet notable for having helped guard Napoleon on Saint Helena. Nelson’s work continued to be highly regarded after her death, most notably by the Manx national poet, T. E. Brown, who wrote that: We should not forget that true woman of genius. Hester Nelson. Often I think of her, and her early doom; and Bride seems to me a shrine of splendid promise and aspirations unfulfilled save in God... My father thought very highly of her poems. Some he thought worthy of Milton. And that was all breathed in and bred from your Bride hills, and the long stretches of the Ayre.

Juan Watterson


Juan Paul Watterson MHK BA ACA is a Manx politician, who is a Member of the House of Keys for Rushen, in the Isle of Man., He is currently the youngest MHK in the House of Keys.

Bertram Kelly


Bertram George Kelly was born in Douglas, on the Isle of Man, and is credited with bringing electricity to the Island.

David Callister


David Alexander Callister MHK is a Manx politician and broadcaster, who is a current member of the Legislative Council of the Isle of Man. He defeated Pamela Crowe in 2008., He is also known as a former broadcaster on Manx Radio.

Geoff Corkish


Charles Geoffrey "Geoff" Corkish MBE MLC is a Manx politician, who is currently a Member of the House of Keys for Douglas West. He was elected at the 2006 General Election, topping the polls beating Home Affairs Minister and Chief Minister candidate John Shimmin and former MHK Geoff Cannell. Mr Corkish has stated his opposition to social media and a belief that forums that do not support the Manx Government should be banned.

John Dale Lace


Colonel John Dale Lace was a South African gold and diamond mining magnate and Randlord. He was born in Port St Mary on the Isle of Man. He was twice married to Josephine Cornelia Brink from Richmond in the Karoo, who died 14 May 1937. He met and married José for the first time when she was in London pursuing an acting career. It is believed that she was proposed to by Cecil John Rhodes, prime minister of the Cape at the time, and was mistress to King Edward VII. It is known that she was mistress to another man Ernest Beckett, 2nd Baron Grimthorpe, with whom she had a son, although she claimed it was Edward VII's son. The second time, after Ernest Beckett declined to marry her, she and John married in Cape Town and John adopted her son. They never had children of their own. Josephine Dale Lace was a flamboyant Johannesburg socialite who was often seen in a carriage drawn by a team of zebras. The Dale Laces were owners of one of Johannesburg's most prominent historic landmarks, the Parktown mansion 'Northwards', designed by British architect Herbert Baker in 1904. Just as the gold-mining industry was booming, the diamond market was being monopolised by De Beers, which went on to become the world’s largest diamond company - the dissipation of the Dale Lace fortune coincided with a devastating fire at 'Northwards', and in 1912, the charred remains of the house were sold to George Albu. John Dale Lace lost his fortune and he and José went to live at Boschkop, northwest of Johannesburg.

Lawrence Adamson

Chivalric Order Member

Lawrence Arthur Adamson, CMG, was a schoolmaster of Wesley College, Melbourne, Australia.

Steve Burke


Steven Burke is a British video game composer, sound designer and voice actor. He is mostly known for his work at the British video game developer Rare Ltd. at 2001–2009 period.

Daniel Hawke


Daniel Hawke is a Manx cricket player.

James Kewley Ward


James Kewley Ward was a Canadian lumber merchant and politician. Born in Peel, Isle of Man, the third son of John Ward, Ward was educated at May's Academy in Douglas, Isle of Man. He emigrated to the United States in 1842 and worked as a clerk in Albany, New York. He then worked as a clerk in a lumber mill in Troy, New York and was put in charge of the mill. In 1853, he moved to the province of Quebec where he purchased a lumber establishment on the Maskinonge River. In 1863, he moved to Trois-Rivières and purchased a mill on the St. Maurice River. In 1873, he moved to Montreal and opened the Mona sawmills on the Lachine Canal. He retired from active business in 1900. He was a member of the council of the municipality of Côte-Saint-Antoine and was mayor for nine years. A member of the Montreal Board of Trade, he was also a member of the Westmount School Commissioners for over thirty years and was chairman of that body for twenty years. He unsuccessfully ran as the Liberal candidate for the Canadian House of Commons for the electoral district of Montreal West in the 1882 and 1887 federal election. He was appointed to the Legislative Council of Quebec for the division of Victoria in June 1888 and served until his death. He was also a member of the Council of Public Instruction and was a Justice of the Peace for the District of Montreal.

Juan Turner


Juan Richard Turner is a Manx politician, businessman, radio producer, radio presenter, television producer and freelance cameraman, he is also a Member of the Legislative Council of the Isle of Man. Turner was elected to the body in the eighth round of voting on 22 May 2007. He was the founder and owner of Energy FM in 2001 and remained its managing director until 2007.

David Anderson


David Moore Anderson MHK is a Manx politician, who is currently the Minister for Health of the Isle of Man Government. He has been a Member of the House of Keys from 2001 for Glenfaba. Before going into politics, he was a dairy and mixed farmer. He is the son of former President of the Legislative Council Ian Anderson. He had been called to resign by gay protesters following his support of legislation which would have prohibited the advocacy of homosexuality in schools. He is a keen athlete, having competed in the Commonwealth Games in 1978. He was recently World Champion for Under 50s at 400m hurdles, and continues to race.

Mike Kerruish


His Honour John Michael Kerruish QC was a Manx politician, who was the First Deemster and Clerk of the Rolls on the Isle of Man.

Godred Magnusson

Military Person

Guðrøðr Magnússon was an illegitimate son of Magnús Óláfsson, King of Mann and the Isles. In 1275, while Mann was under Scottish authority, Guðrøðr led a revolt on the island. The Scots utterly crushed the revolt, and a contemporary source states that over 500 rebels were killed in the action. It is not certain whether Guðrøðr escaped with his life or if he was among the slain.

Terry Groves


Terence Randolph Alexander Groves was a Member of the House of Keys in the Isle of Man and Government Minister. He was born in 1946 in Douglas, Isle of Man and educated at Shrewsbury School. His career was in Real Estate and he was also a director of an insurance company, Royal Skandia, and a number of other companies. He was a keen golfer. He was elected MHK for Ramsey in 1991 and stood down in 1996.

Paul Lewthwaite


Paul Lewthwaite is a sculptor working internationally, based in the UK. He produces sculptures for exhibition and public commission. His work is exhibited widely across the UK, Europe and the US. Lewthwaite is a Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors.

Daniel Lowey


Daniel McDonald Lowey was a British tug of war competitor who competed in the 1908 Summer Olympics. In 1908 he won the silver medal as member of the British team Liverpool Police.

Adrian Earnshaw


Adrian John Earnshaw MHK is a Manx politician, who was the Minister of Home Affairs in the Isle of Man Government and a Member of the House of Keys for Onchan.

John Allen Mylrea


John Allen Mylrea MHK was a prominent member of the House of Keys and Isle of Man society. Joh Mylrea was born in Douglas and educated there at the Athole Academy. He then became a student for the Manx Bar and was admitted in 1871, and a few years later to the English Bar. However he never actively followed this profession being more interested in the arts and music. He was also a splendid linguist. In 1881 he was elected to the House of Keys for Garff and represented this sheading until 1900 when he transferred to Douglas North. He was by far the most graceful speaker in the House, his oratorical efforts being marked by an ease, polish, and finish which none of his contemporaries in the Legislature could approach, and which make present-day politicians look very small. He was a slightly liberal Conservative. He was narrowly defeated in becoming Speaker of the House of Keys in 1898 by Arthur William Moore. Mr Mylrea was also an active but not so successful businessman, being a director of Dumbell's Banking Company and Isle of Man Tramways Company and also the Chairman of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company. He was also quite involved with the development of the Electric Tramways from Douglas to Laxey and Ramsey, and from Laxey to Snaefell summit. However he left the Island soon after the failure of Dumbell's Banking Company and died abroad in Scandau, Germany.

Jamey Williams


Solomon Williams


Thomas Hill Dixon


Thomas Hill Dixon was the first Superintendent of Convicts in Western Australia. Together with his superior, the Comptroller General Edmund Henderson, he created a reforming, humane convict regime for Western Australia. Recognition of his achievements has however been eroded by his later indictment on charges of embezzling public moneys.

William Russell

Religious Leader

William Russell was a fourteenth-century Cistercian prelate. He appears to have begun his career as a Cistercian monk at Rushen Abbey on the Isle of Man, ascending to the rank of abbot there, before being elected Bishop of Mann and the Isles. After traveling to Continental Europe for confirmation and consecration, avoiding a trip to the metropolitan in Norway, he returned to the Irish Sea as a legal bishop. A few things are known of his episcopate, particularly his activities in England and a series of provincial statutes apparently promulgated under his leadership.

John Dongan

Religious Leader

John Dongan [Donegan, Donnegan, Donkan, Duncan] was a medieval Manx prelate. After holding the position of Archdeacon of Down, he held three successive bishoprics, Mann and the Isles, then the see of Derry and then, lastly, Down. He resigned his last bishopric in 1413, and died afterwards at an unrecorded date. He was the last bishop of the united diocese of Sodor, which split into the "Scottish" and "Irish" parts because of the Western Schism.

Ridgeway Callow

Film Director

Ridgeway Callow is a screenwriter.