Yn chied phyagh ta cheet er essyn y dorrys ayns yn vlein noa ayns Mannin teh enmyssit Yn Quaaltagh. Tan chied phyagh nagh vel jehn lught thie, as er yn obbyr echey hene. Ren shenn sleih goaill baght my van phyagh dorraghey, ny aalin, van trie ny coshey echey ard ny injil, veh berchagh ny boght, dy yannoo faishnaghyn daue hene. Va jough dy lhune, ny dy jough lajer elley, ny paart jeh red erbee ta goll, arran, praasyn as skeddan currit da. Va persoon erbee nagh ren freayll yn cherin cliaghtey liorish cur red ennagh, veh coontit feer voal. Te er jeet dy ye drogh cliaghtey, son ta paart dy leih goll mygeayrt veih thie dy hie, as tad gaase scooyrit.
Vad cliaghtey cur greesagh voan, ny greesagh gheayl, er yn chiollagh. Vad jeeaghyn son cowrey coshey. Va cowrey coshey goll magh monney baase, as va cowrey coshey cheet stiagh monney poosey.
Tad gra dy vel ad goll er yn unnysup. Red erbee sailliu cur dooinyn.
...Ny guillyn baney, guillyn sheig yn drean, as quaaltaghyn hooar ad yn unnysup. Ta mee er chlashtyn my yishig vooar gra dy row ny briwnyn eeckit lesh yn unnysup Van leigh ec y traa shen leigh chleeau. Ta ny Briwnyn ny feallagh sjerree jeh ny Druee.
The first person who comes on the sole of the door in the new year in the Isle of Man is called The Quaaltagh (meeter). It is the first person not of the household, & on his own business. The old people took notice if the person was dark or fair, his instep high or low, if he were rich or poor, to foretell their luck. A drink of ale, or of other strong drink, or some of anything that was going, bread, potatoes, & herring, was given to him. Any person who did not keep up the old custom by giving something was considered very mean. It has come to be a bad custom, for some people go about from house to house, & they get drunk.
They used to put turf ashes, or ashes of coal, on the hearth. They looked for a footmark. A footmark going out was a sign of death, & a footmark coming in was a sign of marriage.
They say that they are going on the deserving. Anything you wish to give us.
...The White Boys, the Hunt the Wren Boys,& Quaaltaghs received the deserving. I have heard my grandfather say that the deemsters were paid by the deserving The law at that time was breast-law. The deemsters are the last of the Druids.