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Deemster (A.S. dom, doom, judgment; compare Engl, deem), the two judges of the Isle of Man, possibly the successors of the ancient Keltic priesthood, and at any rate of high antiquity. Till the fifteenth century (like other early judges) they acted according to unwritten laws of which they were the sole depositaries. They now act as legal members of the Council of the Lieutenant-Governor, and have concurrent jurisdiction over the whole island, both civil and criminal. Each has a salary of £1,000 a year.