Isle Of Man Sunset

The Cumbrian coastline offers up fantastic sunsets, especially for this time of the year, and on this occasion, I caught the sun setting behind our lovely neighbour, sat in the Irish Sea.

The Isle Of Man (Manx: Ellan Vannin) is located off the Cumbria Coast. The distance from Cumbria to Isle Of Man is approximately 15 miles.

The Island is a self-governing British Crown dependency. The head of state is Queen Elizabeth II, who holds the title of Lord of Mann and is represented by a Lieutenant Governor. Defence is the responsibility of the United Kingdom.

The island has been inhabited since before 6500 BC. Gaelic cultural influence began in the 5th century AD, and the Manx language, a branch of the Gaelic languages, emerged.

In 1266, the island became part of Scotland under the Treaty of Perth, after being ruled by Norway. After a period of alternating rule by the kings of Scotland and England, the island came under the feudal lordship of the English Crown in 1399.

The lordship revested into the British Crown in 1765, but the island never became part of the 18th-century Kingdom of Great Britain or its successors the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and the present-day United Kingdom. It retained its internal self-government.

Ellan Vannin

When the summer day is over
And its busy cares have flown,
I sit beneath the starlight
With a weary heart, alone,
Then rises like a vision,
Sparkling bright in nature’s glee,
My own dear Ellan Vannin
With its green hills by the sea.
Then I hear the wavelets murmur
As they kiss the fairy shore,
Then beneath the em’rald waters
Sings the mermaid as of yore,
And the fair Isle shines with beauty
As in youth it dawned on me,
My own dear Ellan Vannin
With its green hills by the sea.
Then mem’ries sweet and tender
Come like music’s plaintive flow,
Of the hearts in Ellan Vannin
That lov’d me long ago,
And I give with tears and blessings,
My own fondest thoughts to thee,
My own dear Ellan Vannin
With its green hills by the sea.

Eliza Craven Green, 1854.

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