The First That Had Her
"Manannan beg va Mac y Leirr,
HAST thou not heard the feats of Man'nan*2 sung,
This Merchant Manxman of the solemn smile,
From New-year-tide round to the ides of Yule,
But they who read our Island lore aright,
Manannan the little was son of Leirr,
*2,The Manx believe Mannan Mac Lear, to have been their first legislator, and hold him in great reputation for his wisdom." SACHEVEREL.
*3 ,On the highest point of South Baroole are the ruins of walls of most unusual magnitude. On the steepest and least accessible side the walls are of inferior strength, but on the northern side they are 27 feet in thickness."- KERRUISH'S Guide, p. 186.
*4 " Our most Gratious and excellent Lord, Sir John Stanley, King of Man and the Isles. In the Vigill of your Lady Set. Mary, Anno Domini 1422, att his Castle of Rushen, &C., &C., gave for Law, that 'Alsoe that all Scotts avoid the Land with the next Vessell that goeth into Scotland, upon Paine of Forfeiture of their Goods, and their Bodys to Prison.' "-Ordinances and Statutes of the Isle of Man previous to the Revestment (MILLS), p. 27.
*5 In the "good old times," the Manx law permitted a native of the Isle to kill a Scotchman, provided he afterwards went over to Scotland and stole a white skin, meaning a white goat, and so giving the Scotch an opportunity of retaliating (by killing him) ; or he was to forfeit three white goats-plentiful in those days as sheep are in these.