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Isle of Man
The Isle of Man was part of the Norwegian Kingdom of the Hebrides Until 1266 when it was ceded to Scotland. Came under the British Crown in 1765 as a self-governing Crown Dependency. In 1990 a system with a Cabinet of Ministers was introduced

Also see Isle of Man

1286-90 Lord of Mann, Queen Margaret of Scotland (Maid of Norway)

1612-27 Acting Lord of Mann Elizabeth de Vere
Her husband, William, Sixth Earl of Derby, passed control to her aound 1612, as she is associated with reforms in household officers at that period. One year after her death, her husband transferred estates and Lordship of Man to their son James. She was daughter of the Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, mother of five children and lived (1575-1627).

1651 Regent Charlotte de la Trémoille of the Isle of Man
Acting in the Absence of her husband, James I Stanley, Early of Derby.
Famous for her robust defence of Lathom House during the English Civil War in 1644, and later she was holding Man, but the total destruction of the Royal army at Worcester, the flight of Prince Charles to an exile in France, and the execution of her husband, left her without hope of assistance, she eventually yielded with reluctance to the necessity of a surrender, and retained, says the author David Hume, "the glory of being the last person in the three kingdoms, and in all their dependent dominions, who submitted to the victorious rebels". She was mother of 4 daughters of 5 sons, the daughter of Claude de La Trémoille, Duke of Thouars and Charlotte Brabantina of Nassau, lived (1599-1664)

-73 Regent Dorothea Helena van den Kerchhove of the Isle of Man
She was the widow of Charles Stanley, Earl of Derby (1628-1672), and daughter of Jehan, Lord of Heenvliet and his wife, Katherine Stanhope (later Countess of Chesterfield), in 1650. Dorothea reportedly had an extramarital affair with King Charles II of England and had a son, George in 1658. He was raised by the wife of a Gunner at Windsor named Swan. George assumed the surname Swan. (d. ca. 1673 or 1703)

1764-65 Co-Lady Charlotte Murray of Man and the Isles
She descended from the Counts of Derby and was married to her first cousin, John Murray, who succeeded her father as the third duke of Athol of the kingdom of Scotland. She succeeded to the title of , 8th Baroness Strange of Knockyn and the sovereignty of Isle of Man passed via her to her husband, who quickly bowed to pressure to confirm sale of regalities of Island to English crown, an agreement that had been agreed to by her father, and in 1765 sold regalities for 70,000 pounds but kept many other rights including that of nominating the Bishop
. She lived (circa 1731-1805)

1837-1901 Lord of Mann Victoria By the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Queen, Defender of the Faith, Empress of India
She lived (1819-1901)

1952- Lord of Mann Elizabeth II By the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith


Last update 20.07.16