Personal History Details
PersonDateEvent
Morrison, Johnc 1855Exactly where of the Isle of Man John was born has not yet been determined.
23. Jul. 1855He was christened in St. Anne parish
26. Nov. 1880When he married he was a fisherman living at Oatlands in Santon parish.
26. Nov. 1880He married margaret Christian at Santon.
19. Nov. 1882
1884a fisherman (a mariner in baptism records)
fr 1888 - 1890a railway platelayer
c 1903He was Gardener for the Gawne family at Kentraugh and then sometime between 1901 and 1907 he moved to become Gardener at Government House, "Bemahague", which was the home of the Lieutenant Governor Lord Raglan.

John showed at all the Chrysanthemum shows in Douglas and Castletown where he won prizes every time, and an example of the comments in the Chrysanthemum Show in Douglas, 1908: 'Mr J Morrison the Governor's gardener made a big step forward in this section and by his wins must have made his Excellency a proud visitor at the Show.'

John must have benn a very respected man as this would have been one of the most prestigious positions on the island to be the head Gardener for the Governor.

Gardeners were very well respected and much sought after by the Gentry, often they moved from family to family probably for better pay and maybe a larger garden and to have men working under them.
In 1902 Lord Raglan (George Fitzroy Henry Somerset, 3rd Baron Raglan) was appointed Lieutenant Governor.

Bemahague was built between 1820 and 1830 and was extended in 1904 (after purchase by the Government). The grounds covered approximately 12 hectares some of which is lawn and gardens with most of the rest being grazing land.
1908comments in the Chrysanthemum Show in Douglas - 'Mr J. MORRISON the Governor's Gardener made a big step forward in this section and by his wins must have made his Excellency a proud visitor at the Show'.
1915A John Morrison is recorded as dying in Douglas. This maybe our John.
3. Feb. 1915This John Morrison was buried at Onchan.