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  • John Rogers Mackay (1834 - 1915)
    Son of Thomas and Ann MacKay. In the 1850 Utah census the family surname is spelled "Mckee." Birth date confirmed by West Jordan Ward records at the time of a rebaptism on 13 April 1851. Edward Hunte...
  • Sir Barry Gibb
    Barry Alan Crompton Gibb, CBE (born 1 September 1946) is a musician, singer and songwriter and producer, who rose to worldwide fame as a founder member of the Bee Gees. He is also the eldest and last...
  • Maurice Ernest Gibb (1949 - 2003)
    Maurice Ernest Gibb, CBE (22 December 1949 – 12 January 2003) was a musician, singer-songwriter and record producer. He was born in the Isle of Man to English parents, the twin brother of Robin Gibb ...
  • Robin Hugh Gibb (1949 - 2012)
    Robin Hugh Gibb, CBE (22 December 1949 – 20 May 2012) was a singer and songwriter, best known as a member of the Bee Gees, co-founded with his twin brother Maurice and older brother Barry. Their youn...
  • Sir Anthony Quayle, CBE (1913 - 1989)
    British actor of stage and screen

Famous People Connected to the Isle of Man

Image right - Barry Gibb born 1 Sep 1946, Douglas

Those people of note with connections to the county are listed below. Some of these connections are a little tenuous - counties like to lay claim to people of renown!

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  • Lillian Beckwith alias Lilian Comber (1916 - 2004), Author, lived on the Isle of Man from 1962.


  • Mark Simon Cavendish, MBE (born 21 May 1985) - Manx professional road racing cyclist who currently rides for UCI ProTeam Omega Pharma-Quick Step.
  • Fletcher Christian (25 September 1764 – 20 September 1793) was master's mate on board HMS Bounty. Christian was born on 25 September 1764 in Cumberland, son of Charles Christian, an attorney-at-law descended from Manx gentry, and his wife Ann Dixon.


  • Illiam Dhône or Illiam Dhôan (14 April 1608 – 2 January 1663) was a famous Manx nationalist and politician.



  • Edward Forbes FRS, FGS (12 February 1815 – 18 November 1854)[1] was a Manx naturalist.








  • Harry Manx is a musician who blends blues, folk music, and Hindustani classical music. Born Douglas, Isle of Man 1955





  • James Danforth "Dan" Quayle served as the 44th Vice President of the United States - of Manx ancestry
  • Sir John Anthony Quayle, CBE (7 September 1913 – 20 October 1989) was an English actor and director. Quayle was born in Ainsdale, Southport, Lancashire, to a Manx family.
  • William Henry Quilliam (10 April 1856 Liverpool – 23 April 1932 London), who changed his name to Abdullah Quilliam and later Henri Marcel Leon or Haroun Mustapha Leon, was a 19th-century convert from Christianity to Islam, noted for founding England's first mosque and Islamic centre. William Quilliam was born in Liverpool to a wealthy Manx family in 1856. His father, Robert Quilliam, was a watch manufacturer. See also where his ancestry is discussed.







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