Purchase - 1686 (Douglas)

January the 24th 1686

Know all men by these presents that I Patrick Christian of Ballaquayle in the parish of KK Conchan with the full consent and assent of my wife Ellin Quayle alias Christian divers good causes and reasonable considerations thereunto us moving but especially for the consideration of the just and entire sum of four pounds stirling the one half whereof in hand paid at the writing hereof and the other half to be paid at the confirmation of this present instrument do by these presents sell, alienate and estrange forever from us, our heirs, executors, administrators and assigns an … and garden situate in the town of Douglas of the yearly rent of 2d unto Richard Killey of the said town to him his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns

To have and to hold, use, occupy and peaceable enjoy the same forever from the day of the date hereof

In testimony whereof we have bound ourselves each one to the other in the penalty and forfeiture of 8 pounds the one half to Honourable Lord of The Isle and the other half to the party performing the premises

In witness whereof we have caused this to be written and have set our hands and marks the day and year above written. Patrick Christian, Ellin Christian x

Signed and delivered in presence of us Ewan Gill, Henry Hodgson his mark

At Douglas the 6th June 1687 the above Pat Christian came this day into the Court and acknowledged the above bill to be his own and his wife’s voluntary act and deed and craved our allowance and confirmation to the same which upon his request he is granted according to the statute provided in that behalf by us. R. Heywood, Edward Christian

OD ONC1/21

21 Oct 1706 in Douglas … to be recorded


  1. This is the first recorded transaction for Richard Killey who would soon marry Jane Mc ylroy in 1689 in Braddan, so presumably she was born in the late 1660s. Richard Killey was a weaver
  2. Jane's mother Kath died in about 1698, and father John left the island and never heard of again, so presumed dead
  3. They had children Charles (b1693), Richard (1699), John (1701), Catherine (m John Cottiman), Esther (m Peter Moore Moore, Richard Joyner) 1704
  4. Son Charles had five children Richard (1731-1740), Thomas (1732-1732), Charles (1733), Jane (1735-1736) by wife Dorothy Gawn m1730 & d1735, and Elizabeth (1740) by second wife Margaret Maddrel m1739
  5. Daughter Catherine had three children - Jane (1725), John (1725), a son (1731)
  6. Daughter Esther had children 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)
  7. Son Charles had the poignant burial entry: Mr Charles Killey & Peter Moore merchants with many passengers perished at sea. Both their son and Peter Moore, their son in law, were buried January 25th 1740 in Braddan
  8. Jane died 1725. Husband Richard was described in the parish register of his burial: "old Richard Killey aged about 90" : 30th May 1744 Braddan so Richard was born 1655-1660
  9. Jane & Richard gifted another part of their holding to their son Charles in 1723, and the remainder passed to their daughter Esther, and then their grandson Richard Moore in 1762
  10. 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

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 their son?

Last updated: Dec 2020