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The name Colby is of Scandinavian origin and is derived from Kolli's Farm which was home to the lexicographer, Archibald Cregeen (1774–1841).[citation needed] The word Colby is thought to derive from the Viking words Col (meaning Hill) and Byr (meaning farm).[1]

The village has a railway station on the Isle of Man Steam Railway and is home to Colby Glen, one of the seventeen National Manx Glens.[2]

The village is home to Colby Football Club who play in the Isle of Man Football League and are based at Glen Road.[2]


Colby has long been associated with Methodism. John Wesley preached at Balladoole in 1781, invited to do so by a local family. The first Methodist preacher arrived in the village in 1822 and a local house was set up as the Preaching House for Primitive Methodists.[1] By 1883 two Methodist chapels were built, Colby Primitive Methodist Chapel on Main Road which closed in 1950, when the two chapels united and is now a private house. Colby Wesleyan Methodist Chapel on Station Road was also built in 1833.[3]

Colby GlenEdit

Colby Glen is a small valley just north of the village, with ash, beech, elm, and sycamore trees. It is 2.0 hectares or 4.9 acres (20,000 m2). The Colby river runs through it.


  1. ^ a b McFee, C (Autumn 1999). "A talk and walk round Colby". Manx Methodist Historical Society Newsletter. Manx Methodist Historical Society (12): 5. Retrieved 2008-09-30.
  2. ^ a b "Colby AFC crest & Club History". Retrieved 2008-09-10.
  3. ^ "Colby Methodist Chapels". Retrieved 2008-09-30.[permanent dead link]