Ned Beg Hom Ruy
The Guardian of Manx Culture
100 years ago a Manxman who was once described as “a master of the native tongue” died. Ned Beg Hom Ruy (Edward Faragher) was a Manx language poet and writer who was devoted to traditional Manx folklore.
For most of his life, Ned Beg lived in Cregneash, which is now a part of a National Folk Museum.
A fisherman by trade, Ned Beg was considered a guardian and collector of Manx culture
Speaking after his death Ned Beg’s personal friend Charles Roeder said:
“To the Island his death is a real loss – he was one of the old links; there was no other Manxman who was so steeped in its lore, and gifted with a true poetical vein, he sang its beauties and charms.”
“He was a master of the native tongue, and used to compose many songs and hymns in Manx and English.”
“It is entirely due to him that so much traditional folklore has been preserved; he had a fine memory and his knowledge of things Manx seemed to be inexhaustible, which he would communicate with unreserved readiness and liberality to those who enjoyed his friendship”
Social History Curator from Manx National Heritage, Yvonne Cresswell says “It was, as so often is the case, after his death that the real value and contribution of Ned Beg’s work to preserve Manx culture really come to bear.”
Ned Beg Hom Ruy
“The Manx language is again growing and thriving as a living language, and The National Folk Museum at Cregneash continues to provide a living, working illustration of life in a typical 19th century Manx upland community, a situation that would have surely delighted Ned Beg.”
The National Folk Museum at Cregneash is open all week between 10am and 5pm.
last updated: 30/05/2008 at 16:35