Purchase - 1730 (Conchan)

Know all men by these presents that I John Claig now of Ballaquayle in the parish of KK Conchan and Elizabeth my wife, for and in consideration of the sum of forty shillings Manks currency to us in hand paid before the signing and delivery of these presents, at, by and from the hands of Charles Killey, of Douglas, shopkeeper, the receipt of the said sum we do hereby acknowledge and do therefore exonderate, acquit and discharge the said Charles Killey, his heirs, executors, adminsitrators and assigns for the same forever

Have given, granted, bargained, passed over, alienated and sold and by these presents do give, grant, bargain, pass over, alienate and forever absolutely sell unto the said Charles Killey, his executors, administrators and assigns a certain parcel of ground or garden platt situate, lying, being and being in the said town and adjoining the said Charles Killey's ground or houses towards the east, and as far to the westward as Anthony Kermeen's house extends itself, and so in a direct line from thence as the marks are now set in our own ground, ranging even with the north-west corner of the said Charles Killey's building as the same is already allotted out by us, being of the annual Lord's Rent as the Setting Quest of KK Conchan shall allot and settle on the same

To have and to hold unto him the said Charles Killey, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns the said parcel of ground or garden platt forever, with all ways, waters, watercourses, easements, liberties and advantages to the premises belonging or in any wise appertaining, he the said Charles Killey yielding and paying yearly and every year our honourable Lord's Rent with all boons, dues and duties usual and further I the said John Claig and Elizabeth my wife do by these presents bind and oblige ourselves to procure the honourable Court's confirmation to this Deed of Sale and to do such further act or acts, thing or things needful and necessary to be done according to the laws and practice of this Isle

And for the true and faithful performance of all and singular the convenants and conditions made and mentioned in the beforegoing Bill of Sale I the said John Clague and Elizabeth my wife do bind and oblige ourselves, our heirs, executors, administrators and assigns in penalty and forfeiture of ten pounds sterling to be levied according to law

Witness our hands and seals this 18th day of April 1730 John Claig (seal), Elizabeth Claig (seal)

Signed, sealed and delivered in presence of us and the consideration money fully paid and satisfied John Quinney X, Thomas Kenakill X

11th May 1730 John Claig and his wife came and have acknowledged the within and above Bill of Sale to be their voluntary act and deed. Before me Charles Moore

We the Setting Quest do settle a farthing rent on the parcel of ground or garden flatt sold unto Charles Killey. Witness our hands May 11th 1730. Edward Christian, Thomas Waterson X, Thomas Christian TC, Robert Cannell

At at Sheading Court holden at Douglas the 11th May 1730 The within Bill of Sale being acknowledged before the Deemster and now published in open Court and no objection offered against it is therefore allowed of and confirmed according to law. Thomas Horton, James Horton, Charles Stanley, John Brownell, Charles Moore, Nicholas Christian, Dan Mylrea

[Ref: N/SSS May 1730 #64]


  1. This is the first of three purchases by Charles in a matter of months in 1730, and follows on from Charles's acquisition of Ballabroii & Ballakermeen quarlerland in June 1729. It was also shortly before he married at the age of about 36 years
  2. He was recorded as a shopkeeper/merchant in several documents although he was more aptly described as a merchant, and sure to have been involved in the Manx import/export trade
  3. Charles Killey snr was born in 1693
  4. He had five children Richard (1731-1740), Thomas (1732-1732), Charles jnr (1733), Jane (1735-1736) by wife Dorothy Gawn m1730 & d1735, and Elizabeth (1740) by second wife Margaret Maddrel m1739
  5. When he died, his land holdings were substantial, covering quarterlands as well as cottage allotments/houses in Douglas. This particular contract is for a cottage allotment/house
  6. He had the poignant burial entry: Mr Charles Killey & Peter Moore merchants with many passengers perished at sea. Both he and his brother in law Peter Moore were buried January 25th 1740 in Braddan
  7. He was the oldest surviving child of Jane Mc Ylroy & Richard Killey. His mother was the younger daughter of John Mcylroy & Kath Moore, Kath dying in about 1698, and John leaving the island and never heard of again, presumed dead
  8. His father Richard had a burial record saying "old Richard Killey aged about 90" : 30th May 1744 Braddan so Richard was born 1655-1660. He was a weaver
  9. Richard and Jane married in 1689 in Braddan and presumably Jane was born in the 1660s. They had children Charles (1693), Richard (1699), John (1701), Katherine (m John Cottiman 1724), & Esther (m Peter Moore, Richard Joyner) 1704
  10. Jane died 1725. Sons John and Charles had both died by the time their father Richard Killey died in 1744, leaving only son Richard jnr and two daughters Catherine and Esther
  11. Charles's sister Catherine (Cottiman) had three children - Jane (1725), John (1725), a son (1731)
  12. Charles's sister Esther had seven children children Robert (1732), Richard (1735), Esther (1739), Peter jnr (1741), & Isabel (1737) with Peter Moore; after his death, Esther married Richard Joiner in 1742 and had children Margaret (1743) & Catherine (1745)
  13. In 1723 his parents gifted Charles a house on cottage allotment #104 (later renumbered 109). Included in #104 were two tenancies purchased by Richard in 1686 and 1692, and a third much more valuable tenancy which Jane had inherited from her parents
  14. Next door neighbours were Phil Higgin and his wife Jane Mcylrea, and Robert Lewn, father of Margaret the wife of Thomas Mylrea. The allotments were on (now) Barrack St
  15. What remained of allotment #104/9 passed to Charles's sister Esther then to his nephew Richard Moore in 1762
  16. NOTE: Be aware that cottage allotment numbers changed over time as Douglas expanded. Rent and neighbours become key elements in confirming whether the tenants (ie Charles Killey) have changed properties or whether they have remained stable while the allotment number from one LA to the next

Associated Documents

From Summary of Wills, A Manx Notebook

1737 Eliz Gawne arb 17370424 dated 18 Apr 1737;Capt William Qualtrough (Kentraugh, Rushen); Mr Thomas Gawn (Ballagawn, Rushen) + wife Jane obo their dau Elizabeth Gawn; to marry within a month; Gawn settles £200(Manks) of wch the mortgage held by Thos Gawne from the Nunry? is includ edas prt and sd Wm + Elizth are intitled to mortgaged land together with half effects Thos Gawn + wife may die possed off - noted another m/c given to Charles Killey (Douglas) + his now decd wife; Witt John Cotteman, Chas Killey; rest except Jane sign (tho Tho very shakey) sister in law

1759-1 E d KILLEY Richard d 17 dec 1758; only dau Ellinor admx; pledges John Christian carpenter, Matth Christian butcher (both Douglas). Is this his brother? 1735-1 A 25 KILLEY Alice QUIRK d 25 feb 1734;sis ann; mo alive; child on her bearing; husb alive; ch ua uncle wm quine + isabl quirk supv)


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