See also:Manx politician, a son of Ewan Christian, one of the Manx deemsters, was
See also:born on the 14th of
See also:April 16o8, and was known as Illiam Dhone, or
See also:William . In 1648 the
See also:lord of the Isle of Man,
See also:Stanley, 7th
See also:earl of Derby, appointed Christian his
See also:receiver-general; and when in 1651 the earl crossed to England to fight for
See also:Charles II. he
See also:left him in command of the
See also:island militia . Derby was taken prisoner at the
See also:battle of
See also:Worcester, and his famous countess,
See also:Charlotte de la Trernouille, who was residing in Man, sought to obtain her
See also:release by negotiating with the victorious parliamentarians for the surrender of the island . At once a revolt headed by Christian broke out, partly as a consequence of this step, partly owing to the discontent caused by some agrarian arrangements recently introduced by the earl . The rebels seized many of the forts; then Christian in his turn entered into negotiations with the parliamentarians; and probably owing to his connivance the island was soon in the power of Colonel Robert Duckenfield, who had brought the
See also:fleet to Man in
See also:October 1651 . The countess of Derby was compelled to surrender her two fortresses,
See also:Castle Rushen and Peel castle, while Christian remained receiver-general, becoming
See also:governor of the island in 1656 . Two years later, however, he was accused of misappropriating some '
See also:money; he fled to England, and in 166o was arrested in
See also:London . Having under-gone a
See also:year's imprisonment he returned to Man, hoping that his offence against the earl of Derby would be condoned under the
See also:Act of
See also:Indemnity of 1661; but, anxious to punish his conduct, Charles, the new earl of Derby, ordered his seizure; he refused to plead, and a packed
See also:House of Keys declared that in this case his
See also:life and
See also:property were at the mercy of the lord of the island . The deemsters then passed
See also:sentence, and in accordance therewith Christian was executed by
See also:shooting on the 2nd of
See also:January 1663 . This arbitrary act angered Charles II. and his advisers; the deemsters and others were punished, and some reparation was made to Christian's
See also:family . Christian is chiefly celebrated through the Manx ballad Baase Manz Dhone, which has been translated into
See also:English by
See also:Borrow, and through the references to him in
See also:Sir Walter
See also:Scott's Peveril of the
See also:Peak . See A .
See also:History of the Isle of Man (1900) .
CHRISTIANIA (officially KRISTIANIA)
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