Michael, Isle of Man

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Parish of Michael
Parish-Michael.svg
Details
Population: 1431
Sheading: Michael
Parish Church: Kirk Michael
Industry: Agriculture
Main Peaks
Height
Slieau Farnane 468m
Sartfell 475m
Slieau Curn 351m
Slieau Dhu 347m
Main Glens
Glen Mooar, Glen Wyllin, Glen Trunk
Treens
Orestall Rencullyn Balyfadyn
Leyre Nerloch Dromrewagh
Barryk More Camall Balynemade
Balyscere Balycrynan Shalghag
Sheading of Michael

Michael Sheading (Manx: Sheadin Skylley Maayl) is a sheading (comprising the parishes of Jurby and Ballaugh, and Michael District) in the Isle of Man and has, according to the 2006 census, 1,640 residents (2001 census: 1,431). It is a mainly agricultural area on the west coast of the island. It is also a House of Keys constituency. Its MHK is Alfred Cannan.

The remainder of this section is about Kirk Michael Village and the District of Michael.

Michael District is a subdivision of Michael Sheading. It was formed in 1989 by the amalgamation of two local authority areas, Michael Village (a small area of around 1 square kilometre (0.4 sq mi) containing the village of Kirk Michael) and Michael Parish (a much larger rural area surrounding it).[1]

Michael District stretches from the Irish Sea to the west, inland to Druidale to the east and from Orrisdale in the north to Glen Cam in the south. The main road between the towns of Peel and Ramsey, to the north and east, joins the Isle of Man TT course coming from St John's in Kirk Michael village.

The district contains a few settlements; the main village is Kirk Michael. There is a coastal strip of agricultural land, and the remainder of the parish consists of moorland, of which the highest points are Slieau Freoghane - 488 metres (1,601 ft), Sartfell - 454 metres (1,490 ft), Slieau Curn - 351 metres (1,152 ft) and Slieau Dhoo - 432 metres (1,417 ft) (together known as the Michael Hills). Cronk Urleigh is a small hillock near Kirk Michael which until 1428 was the site of the Tynwald Courts.

The name of the village of is derived from the Gaelic 'Kirk' (translated as 'Church') of Michael and the parish church of St Michael in Kirk Michael village contains a large collection of Manx Norse crosses. The village is served by several small local shops, a primary school and a public house (The Mitre Hotel). The Mitre Hotel is, itself, named in connection with Bishop's Court (the Mitre being a Bishops headgear) and was once patronised by Fletcher Christian ('Mutiny on the ''Bounty' - 'Christian' being a popular Manx surname and consequently Fletcher Christian himself having Manx ancestry). Regular (though infrequent) bus services run to the towns of Ramsey, Peel and Douglas. Local areas of beauty include Glen Wyllin village and Glen Wyllin itself (the Glen was once the site of a trout farm but the farm was lost due to coastal erosion). Glen Wyllin is now the site of a seasonal camp site. The main road running through Kirk Michael also forms part of the Isle of Man TT road race track and has been home to several TT competitors such as the team of Dave Molyneux (sidecar driver), Karl Ellison (sidecar passenger) and Lee Millhouse (support).

Bishop's Court, the former residence of the Bishop of Sodor and Man but now a private residence, is located to the north of Kirk Michael village. The grounds and chapel of Bishop's Court are opened periodically to the public. Bishop's Court Glen, across the TT course, was once the private garden of the Bishop. The glen includes an artificial mound called Mount Aeolus, which resembles Tynwald Hill. Until 1987 the mound had two cannon on top. The mound was built under Bishop Mark Hildesley to commemorate the victory of Captain Elliot over the French privateer François Thurot off the coast near Ramsey in 1760.

MHKs & Elections[edit]

Year Election Turnout Candidates Elected Notes
1903

General Election

Unopposed

1907

By Election

?

1908

General Election

?

1913

General Election

?

1919

General Election

?

1924

General Election

?

1929

General Election

?

  • ?
1934

General Election

?

  • ?
1982

By Election

?

?

1986

General Election

?

  • David Cannan (946 votes)
  • MH James (156 votes)
  • DF Ellison (149 votes)
1991

General Election

75.3%

  • David Cannan (1068 votes)
  • TJ Murphy (243 votes)
  • SL Morrey (188 votes)
1996

General Election

72.3%

  • David Cannan (973 votes)
  • Marharet Kewley-Draskau (495 votes)
2001

General Election

68.3%

2006

General Election

64.3%

2011

General Election

62.6%

  • Alfred Cannan, 1014 votes
  • David talbot, 325 votes
  • Paul Heavey, 244 votes

References[edit]

  1. ^ John Grimson "A Guide to Village and Parish" published by Michael Commissioners, 1986, revised 1991, page 39

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 54°16′29″N 4°33′01″W / 54.27472°N 4.55028°W / 54.27472; -4.55028