Illiam Dhone

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Illiam Dhone (14 April 1608 – 2 January 1663) was a famous Manx nationalist and politician. He was a son of Ewan Christian, a deemster. In Manx, Illiam Dhone literally translates to Brown William - a name he received due to his dark hair. His name in English was William Christian.

Rise to prominence

In 1648 the Lord of Mann, James Stanley, 7th Earl of Derby, appointed Christian as Receiver General. In 1651 the Earl went to England to fight for Charles II and Christian was left in command of the Island militia. The Earl was taken prisoner at the Battle of Worcester, and his wife Charlotte de la Tremouille, who was residing in the Island, sought to obtain her husband's 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 and partly due to discontent caused by some agrarian arrangements recently introduced by the Earl. The rebels seized many of the Island forts and then Christian entered into negotiations with the parliamentarians. The Island was soon in the power of Colonel Robert Duckenfield, who had brought the parliamentary fleet to Mann in October 1651. The Countess of Derby was compelled to surrender her two fortresses, Castle Rushen and Peel Castle and Christian remained Receiver General. He then became Governor of the Isle of Man in 1656.

Imprisonment and trial

Two years later, however, Christian was accused of misappropriating money;...
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