William was ordained Deacon on 29 Sep 1820 by George Murray, the Bishop of Sodor and Man , and was then appointed the first resident Chaplain of the restored St. John's, German where he remained until 1824. He was ordained Priest on 14 Dec 1824 at Bishopcourt chapel (the Bishop's chapel at his residence), again by Bishop George Murray , and then was appointed chaplain at Ballaugh from 1824 to 1827. In 1827 the then Vicar of Malew, William Christian, was suspended because of complaints against him, and William was appointed Priest in Charge. On 07 Sep 1830, following William Christian's death, William Gill was presented to the vicarage of Malew, this being the first appointment after the purchase of the Church patronage by the Crown from the Duke of Atholl. He remained there until his death [5, p.72].
His death is described by Gelling (1998) as having followed his having a stroke on Thursday 12 Oct 1871 whilst taking a wedding. He was taken home, but never fully recovered consciousness and died at 6 p.m. on the following Tuesday, 17th October. He was 74. His funeral was on Saturday, 21 October, at Malew.
There is a description of his life and work in Moore's Manx Worthies, where will also be found a small portrait. A rather better copy of the same portrait is on Plate 11 of Gelling (1998), where an appreciation of his life is also to be found, and is quoted here with the kind permission of the publishers.
These nine children are listed in a table of descendants of the Rev Hugh Stowell provided by Tony Harris.
There is an article on William Gill in A W Moore's Manx Worthies, which is available on-line.
 A history of the Manx Church, 1698-1911, by Canon John Gelling. The Manx Heritage
Foundation, 1998, p.230.
 The years of his birth and death are given in his entry in Manx Worthies.
 Personal correspondence from Tony Harris.
 The IGI based on a member submission for which no source is indicated.
 A history of the Manx Church, 1698-1911, by Canon John Gelling. The Manx Heritage Foundation, 1998, p.144.
 The website CCEd (Clergy of the Church of England Database), Person ID 8064.
 A history of the Manx Church, 1698-1911, by Canon John Gelling. The Manx Heritage Foundation, 1998, p.98.
 The IGI based parish records. Parish register transcripts of Ballaugh, 1598-1883; FHL film 106707 containing baptisms, 1607-1839; marriages, 1695-1848; burials 1598-1849.
Possible follow up to confirm his baptism are FHL film992104, item 1, which contains Bishop's transcripts for various parishes for 1789-1799, though whether Kirk German is included is not clear. Another film, 223734, is of baptisms for the periods 1736-1767 and 1786-1799, from something called the Norman collection at Salford, so presumably a transcription of some kind. The Registry of Deeds, official copy of the Kirk German records is on three films (106722, 106723 and 106724), of which 106723 contains burials 1761-1782; miscellaneous church records; baptisms and burials 1783-1826; and baptisms 1827-1856.
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