Baron Quirk remembered
The Chief Minister has paid tribute to a Manxman who from humble beginnings became one of the most important scholars of the English language in the last century.
Lord Randolph Quirk passed away at the age of 97.
He was born in the Isle of Man at Lambfell, where his family farmed, and attended Douglas High School for Boys before reading English at University College London.
Randolph Quirk went on to become highly regarded in the fields of academia and politics and was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1976 New Year honours. He was knighted in 1985 . . .became a life peer as Baron Quirk of Bloomsbury in 1994 and remained an active member of the Lords into his 90s.
Howard Quayle says Baron Quirk was one of the most influential people to come from our shores . . and adds that behind the scenes, he also made a contribution to the reciprocal health agreement between the Isle of Man and the United Kingdom.
He describes Lord Quirk as a towering intellect whose work defined English language studies over the second half of the 20th Century.