the isle of man

The Isle of Man

Lying midway between England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, the Isle of Man has, during its history, been successively Irish, Scandinavian, Scottish and English. Yet today the Island is politically and culturally independent of them all. Quocunque jeceris stabit is its motto: Whichever way you throw me I shall stand.

The name of the Island, Man, has long been a puzzle to philologists. It has been suggested that the Island took its name from Mananan, the Celtic Neptune. Caesar in 54 BC called it Mona. Nennius in AD 858 referred to it by the name of Eubonia, while the Welsh Annals of AD 1154 call it Manaw and the Scandinavian Sagas use Mon or Maon. Broadly speaking, all of these appear to be derived from a root meaning mountainous or hilly land. The present local name is Ellan Vannin.


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Isle of Man Arts Council Member of the British Arts Festivals Association

Erin Arts Centre

President: Raymond Leppard CBE

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