Other Religions

Mormons, Quakers, Buddhists, Muslims and Jehovah's Witnesses, alongside many others, have established religious communities on the Island.


They established a presence on the Island in the 1840s at Glen Helen, and among their converts was Manxman George Quayle Cannon - who later emigrated to the United States and became the Mormon President. Their current Chapel in Douglas has about 140 members.


The handful who moved to the Island in the seventeenth century to escape English persecution appear to have suffered no less greatly here. Not only were they hounded, imprisoned and banned from meeting but their dead could not be buried in consecrated ground so they had to inter them secretly in glens and woods. Many were driven out and it wasn't until 1961 that the few Quakers who returned to settle here were officially recognised.


The relatively recent influx of new residents and acceptance of new ideas has seen a greater tolerance of minority religions, and many have flourished or at the least maintained an enthusiastic core of worshippers.

The Island has a number of practising Buddhists, Muslims, Christian Scientists and Christadelphians. There is a Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall in Douglas, built by the local community, and The Salvation Army has an active Citadel and Day Centre in Douglas.

Representatives of the Jewish Community, Greek Orthodox Church, the Gideon Society and the Baha'i Faith are all also resident on the Island.

Acknowledgement: Manx Heritage Foundation