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Interview with Stanley Karran of Cregneash

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Date(s): 2008

Creator(s): Peel Heritage Trust

Scope & Content: Bill Quine of Peel Heritage Trust introduces this recording.

Stanley Karran talks to Bill Quine and Roy Christian about his life and Cregneash. Stanley talks about his father’s time at sea; visits by Dr Lewthwaite the local doctor; his going to Port St Mary to school with others from Cregneash, Glen Chass and The Howe; groceries and bread deliveries by cart; family and others owning cows and how his mother said milk was always free at Cregneash; leaving school aged 14 and becoming an apprentice plumber and aircraft engineer in the Royal Navy.

He talks about local place names including Spanish Head; the Calf farmed by the Carey family; mother as dairy maid; his work as plumber on the Calf; burial places; building of the Thousla Stack and the lighthouse on Chicken Rock; the brig ‘Lily’ disaster; local place names; ice-house at Kentraugh House; boat 'Clementina' and the model; his time in Australia and the Pacific, including during the Second World War, and his return to civilian life.

Stanley describes Cregneash when he was young; the church at Cregneash; young people moving away from Cregneash; the Kinleys; Karran relatives; Crebbin the blacksmith; Cregneash as folk museum; filming of 'Waking Ned'; 1 January 1900 fatality at The Chasms; family dog; local field names; shipwrecks at the Sound including wreck and salvage of the ‘Clan McMaster’; German submarine; the druids’ circle on Meayll Hill (Mull Hill); building the Early Warning station in 1935.

Administration / Biographical History: Stanley Karran (1910-2009) born in Cregneash.

Language: English

Extent: 54 min. 11 sec.

Item name: compact disc

Collection: Sound Archive

Level: ITEM

ID number: SA 2014-0035

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