Edward Callow was born in London in 1825 but his Manx parents ensured that he maintained a close relationship with the South of the Isle of Man throughout his youth. He became a stockbroker in the City of London in the 1840s but this career seems to have gone badly as he was declared bankrupt as early as 1847. By 1882 he was living in Highgate in North London, where he wrote his collection of four stories based on Manx folklore, The Phynodderree and Other Legends of the Isle of Man. This was followed by Old London Taverns: Historical, Descriptive and Reminiscent and his idiosyncratic From King Orry to Queen Victoria: A Short and Concise History of the Isle of Man in 1899. It was only a year after this that he died, on the 23rd of May 1900 at the age of 75. He is buried at the Westminster Cemetery in Hanwell, West London.
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Works by Edward Callow
The Phynodderree and Other Legends of the Isle of Man