Charles Kerruish

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Charles Kerruish
Speaker of the House of Keys
In office
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor Ronald Garvey
Preceded by Henry Corlett
Succeeded by Victor Kneale
Personal details
Born (1917-07-23)23 July 1917
Isle of Man
Died 2 August 2003(2003-08-02) (aged 86)
Isle of Man
Nationality Manx
Political party Independent
Spouse(s) Margaret Gell
(?–1970, her death)
Kathleen Warriner
(?–2003, his death)
Children 1 son, 3 daughters
two inc:
Clare Christian (born 1945)
Anne Craine[1] (born 1954)
Profession Politician

Sir Henry "Charles" Kerruish OBE LLD CP MLC (23 July 1917[2][3] – 2 August 2003[4]) 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.


During the Chernobyl disaster, a westerly gale blew radioactive isotopes across Europe and over the Isle of Man. A national campaign to cull the sheep that were exposed on the hillside went underway. Kerruish used his influence to block the cull of his own flock citing financial reasons. Soon after, his flock was slaughtered for human consumption.


  1. ^ "The Hon Anne Craine MHK | Gresham College". 2010-11-02. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  2. ^ "Kerruish, Henry Charles" (PDF). 2011-11-03. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 April 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "July 23 Birthdays in History". Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
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