Sophia Morrison, Mona Douglas and Their Enchanted Isle
(1859 – 1917) and her admirer Mona Douglas
(1898 – 1987) devoted their lives to the preservation of the Manx Gaelic Language and traditional Manx Life, especially the Island’s folklore.
Morrison’s Manx Fairy Tales is still a famous book while Mona Douglas was an outstanding poet from an early age. Throughout her long life she also made a major impact as a prolific journalist and novelist. She was a collector of folklore, folk music and folk dancing alongside a producer of pageants, plays and organizer of many Celtic congresses and festivals.
Douglas was also a lifelong buttress of the Manx language and flag-bearer for the Manx nation. On top of all this she found time to be a hill farmer and to conduct a long romance with a handsome Italian former internee.
This book is a short biography of Morrison and a longer one of Douglas, whom it claims to be the most influential Manx woman of the twentieth century.