Manx Patriot: The Life of Canon John Quine: Antiquarian, Author, and ‘Captain’ of his Parish
The story of Canon John Quine, born 1857 in the Isle of Man, reveals his upbringing, education, and rising prestige, which didn’t come easily by any means.
John, a son of a Manx miller, was educated at King William’s College, Isle of Man, and then Merton, Oxford. He grew into a talented young man. But, was a career in the ecclesiastical sphere his first love or even his choice?
Through John’s intelligence, understanding of the Manx people, and thirst for the Island’s history, he became a warrior of many intellectual battles, particularly within ecclesiastical circles. Repression became his ally. And, why did his granddaughter-in-law later place a 10-year embargo on his private letters when she sent them to the Manx Museum? The mysteries of John’s life are revealed… John’s most notable literary work was The Captain of the Parish, published in 1897.
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