William Henry Gill

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William Henry Gill
W. H. Gill, Manx Composer and Musicologist.JPG
Born24 October 1839
Marsala, Sicily
Died27 June 1923
Angmering, Sussex, England[1]

William Henry Gill (24 October 1839 - 27 June 1923) was a Manx musical scholar who wrote and composed anthem of Isle of Man, "Arrane Ashoonagh Dy Vannin".[2]

Life and career[edit]

Gill was born at Marsala, Sicily to Manx parents, and he was educated at King William's College.[3] He lived in London most of his life but remained interested in his roots. The anthem is a traditional Manx ballad. Gill's words were published as "Eaisht oo as Clash-tyn" ("Listen and Hear") in Manx National Songs in 1896. "The Manx Fisherman's Evening Hymn" and "Peel Castle."[4] Gill also collected and arranged material in England, particularly that associated with Sussex.[1]

Gill also published A Manx Wedding and Other Songs.[5]


  1. ^ a b Koch, John T. (2006). Celtic culture: a historical encyclopedia. Vol. 1-, Volume 2. ABC-CLIO. p. 810.
  2. ^ Grove, George; Stanley Sadie (1980). The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Macmillan Publishers, ISBN 978-0-333-23111-1
  3. ^ Telford, John (1934). The New Methodist Hymn-book Illustrated In History and Experience. The Epworth Press
  4. ^ Watson, J. R.; Timothy Dudley-Smith (2003) An Annotated Anthology of Hymns. Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-926583-1
  5. ^ Gill, William Henry (1900). A Manx Wedding and Other Songs. William H. Hooke