Killip, John (1839-1916)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by W. Dinning

The Laxey Circuit has suffered a great loss in the death of Mr. John Killip. He died at his residence, Cape Side, Lonan, on August 15th, and was interred at Lonan. 

Mr. Killip was a local preacher in the Laxey Circuit for neatly sixty years, and the circuit steward ever since the Laxey Circuit was formed. He was one of the stalwarts of the island, and a distinguished personality. In the Parish of Lonan, and in the village of Laxey, he served on all the public boards. He was a member of the “House of Keys” for several years. But he was first and foremost a religious man. 

About twelve years ago he lost his sight, and was obliged to give up his place in the “Keys” and, of course, all other public work. This was a great blow to him, but never was such a serious deprivation borne with finer fortitude. His devoted sisters, Mrs. Kneen and Mrs. Mylroie, read to him. He was full of devout instincts, and was eminently reverential. 

The funeral service was conducted by the Circuit Minister.


John was born in 1839 at Lonan, Isle of Man, to parents John Killip, a farmer (1841), and Margaret Looney. He was baptised on 1 December 1839 at Lonan.

Census returns identify the following occupations for John.

  • 1851 scholar
  • 1861 farmer’s son
  • 1871 agricultural labourer
  • 1881 farmer’s son
  • 1891 farmer
  • 1901 farmer
  • 1911 farmer

He married Emma Margaret Corlett (1848-1908) on 29 November 1887 at Douglas, Isle of Man. Census returns identify three children.

  • John Corlett (1889-1895)
  • Robert Henry (1890-1916) – farmer’s son working on farm (1911); died in WW1
  • Thomas Looney (1890-1932) – farmer’s son working on farm (1911)

John died on 15 August 1916 at Lonan, Isle of Man.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/929

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