Culture Vannin posted a short article earlier about a couple of the unusual place names to be found here and I thought some of you may be interested to read it. Here it is...
Why is there a 'Nassau' and an 'Antigua Cottage’ in Bride? (NB: Bride is a village in the north of the island)
It goes back to Captain John Monier, who had great success captaining boats in the 19th century such as the brig Philanderer and the brig Cronkbane (so named for the home of his wife's family, the Joughin family of that farm).*
After his travels around the world, he returned to Bride, naming places including Nassau and Antigua Cottage to fix his memories around him.
Captain John Monier died 156 years (and two days) ago, on 22 January, 1866, outliving his son, Captain Thomas Monier, who had started out in his father's line of work, but died at the age of only 23 when coming back home on board the boat, the Henry Curwen.
But, while we're at it, 'Monier' used to be a common Manx name, particularly around Bride and Andreas. The name came from 'MacEmere', and had an emphasis on the second syllable.
The name disappeared in the Isle of Man in the mid-19th Century, but it was still (and perhaps is still) to be found around Illinois in the USA, where some of the Manx families emigrated.
... So now you know what to say the next time you hear someone asking about the unusual place names down North!
* We have not investigated the nature of Monier's trading around the Caribbean at this time, but since his working life overlaps with slavery around the British Caribbean (abolished only in 1840), it would be an important question for anyone interested in taking the research further.