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J.W. (Bill) Radcliffe

Epithet: Manx language student (1917-1984)

Record type: Biographies

Biography: “Billy Radcliffe (as we called him) he was one of the ‘musketeers’, one of the four of us who went to Ireland in 1939 just before the war. Mark Braide, Chalse Craine and myself also went. He did an awful lot of work ‘at home’ particularly with ‘the Mistress’ and others going around and keeping all the native speakers going in the North in particular.” (Leslie Quirk, 1952)

J.W. Radcliffe took a great interest in all things Manx and in the early 1980s was the ‘Lhaihder’ (Manx Reader) at the annual Tynwald Ceremony. A coal-merchant by trade he turned to writing in his retirement, and together with his wife Constance wrote 'The History of Maughold, Maughold and Ramsey Place Names and Kirk Bride'.

Gender: Male

Date of death: 28/01/1984

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