Michael, Isle of Man

Michael (Manx: Maayl) is one of the six sheadings of the Isle of Man. It is located on the west of the island (part of the traditional North Side division) and consists of the three historic parishes of Ballaugh, Jurby and Michael.

Parish of Michael, Isle of Man
Population1,591 [1]
OS grid referenceSC3396689582
Crown dependencyIsle of Man
Post townISLE OF MAN
Postcode districtIM6
House of KeysAyre & Michael
List of places
Isle of Man
54°16′29″N 4°33′01″W / 54.274722°N 4.550278°W / 54.274722; -4.550278Coordinates: 54°16′29″N 4°33′01″W / 54.274722°N 4.550278°W / 54.274722; -4.550278
Sheading of Michael
Gaut's Cross

Historic parishEdit

Michael (Manx: Maayl) is one of the seventeen historic parishes of the Isle of Man.

It is located on the west of the island (part of the traditional North Side division) in the sheading of Michael.

Other settlements in the parish include Barregarrow.

Local governmentEdit

For the purposes of local government, the whole of the historic parish forms a single district with Commissioners.[2]

The district of Michael was formed in 1989 by the re-amalgamation of two local authority areas, Michael village and the larger rural area of Michael parish.[3] These two local authority areas had been separated from one another in 1905.[4]

The Captain of the Parish (since 1970) is John James Martin Cannell.[5]


Michael parish is part of the Ayre & Michael constituency, which elects two Members to the House of Keys. Before 2016 it was in the Michael constituency.


Michael Parish has, according to the 2016 census, 1,591 residents,[1] down from 1,729 in 2011.[6] It is a mainly agricultural area on the west coast of the island. It was until 2016 a House of Keys constituency. The only significant settlement in the parish or district is the village of Kirk Michael.

The TT motorcycle race course known as the Snaefell Mountain Course runs through Kirk Michael village.

Michael District stretches from the Irish Sea in the west, inland to Druidale in the east and from Orrisdale in the north to Glen Cam in the south. The district contains few settlements; the main village is Kirk Michael. There is a coastal strip, about 3 km wide, of agricultural land, and the remainder of the parish consists of moorland, of which the highest points are Slieau Freoaghane (488 metres (1,601 ft)), Sartfell (454 metres (1,490 ft)), Slieau Curn (351 metres (1,152 ft)) and Slieau Dhoo (432 metres (1,417 ft)) (together known as the Michael Hills).

The main road running through Kirk Michael village forms part of the Isle of Man TT road race course, on the A3 leading towards Ballaugh Bridge.

Kirk Michael is served by buses between Peel and Ramsey (and also between Douglas and Ramsey via Ballacraine). It is on the course of the former Manx Northern Railway.

The villageEdit

The name of the village is derived from "Kirk" ("Church") of Michael. The parish church of St Michael in the village contains a large collection of Manx Norse crosses. The village is served by several small local shops, a primary school and a public house. The Mitre Hotel, the local public house is named in connection with Bishop's Court and was once patronised by Fletcher Christian (Mutiny on the Bounty). "Christian" is a popular Manx surname. On the same plot of land as the Mitre Hotel stands the Ecclesiastical Courthouse. First built in 1766, at the request of Bishop Wilson, and then later rebuilt in 1835, it was the last working rural courthouse on the Isle of Man. Infrequent bus services run to the towns of Ramsey, Peel and Douglas.

Other places of interestEdit

Local areas of interest include:

  • Glen Wyllin village and Glen Wyllin itself (the Glen was once the site of a trout farm but the farm was lost due to coastal erosion). Glen Wyllin now has a seasonal camp site.
  • Cooildarry Nature Reserve (in the upper part of Glen Wyllin).
  • Bishop's Court, the former residence of the Bishop of Sodor and Man but now a private residence, is located about 2 km north of Kirk Michael village, on the boundary with Ballaugh. The grounds and chapel of Bishop's Court are opened to the public occasionally. Bishop's Court Glen, on the other side of the TT course, and shared with Ballaugh, was once the private garden of the Bishop. The glen includes an artificial mound called Mount Aeolus, which resembles Tynwald Hill, and The Cave of the Winds. Until 1987 the mound had two cannon on top. The mound was built under Bishop Mark Hildesley to commemorate the victory of Captain Elliot over the French privateer François Thurot off the coast near Ramsey in 1760.
  • Cronk Urleigh is a small hillock near Kirk Michael which until 1428 was the site of the Tynwald Courts.

MHKs & ElectionsEdit

The following information is incomplete.

Year Election Turnout Candidates

General Election



By Election


General Election

  • Edward Curphey, 266 votes, elected
  • John Cannan, 218 votes, elected

General Election

  • Edward Curphey, elected
  • ?

General Election


General Election


General Election


General Election

  • John Crellin, elected
  • Thomas Henry Kneen, elected


(in full, John David Qualtrough Cannan)


General Election

  • David Cannan (946 votes, elected)
  • MH James (156 votes)
  • DF Ellison (149 votes)

General Election


  • David Cannan (1068 votes, elected)
  • TJ Murphy (243 votes)
  • SL Morrey (188 votes)

General Election


  • David Cannan (973 votes, elected)
  • Margaret Kewley-Draskau (495 votes)

General Election


  • David Cannan, 898 votes, elected
  • Roy Kennaugh, 630 votes

General Election


  • David Cannan, 1062 votes, elected
  • Ron Berry, 329 votes

General Election


  • Alfred Cannan, 1014 votes, elected
  • David Talbot, 325 votes
  • Paul Heavey, 244 votes

The constituency was abolished in 2016.

In literatureEdit

Most of the action of The Deemster takes place in Michael Sheading.

In filmEdit

Glen Wyllin (Glen Mooar) beach was used as a location in the 2004 film Five Children and It.[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "2016 Isle of Man Census Report" (PDF). Gov.im. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Michael Commissioners". Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  3. ^ John Grimson "A Guide to Village and Parish" published by Michael Commissioners, 1986, revised 1991, page 39
  4. ^ Tynwald Hansard for 25 October 1983
  5. ^ "Captains of the Parishes". Culture Vannin. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Isle of Man Census Report 2011" (PDF). Gov.im. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Isle of Man Guide - ECONOMY, Manx Films, Five Children and It". www.iomguide.com. Retrieved 29 April 2020.

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