The Isle of Man: Introductory Note
Philip RaworthEdited By: Philip Raworth
© 2016 Oxford University Press
The Isle of Man is located in the Irish Sea between the islands of Great Britain and Ireland. It is 16 miles from the Galloway coast of Scotland and 34 miles to the west of the English mainland. It covers an area of 572 square kilometers (221 square miles) and, according to the 2011 census, has a population of 84,497. The capital is Douglas. Around the fifth century AD, the Island was settled by Irish missionaries. The Vikings arrived in the late eighth century and established Norse rule that lasted until 1266 when King Magnus IV of Norway ceded the suzerainty of...