Purchase - 1692 (Douglas)

Know all men by these presents that we Robert ... and An Chavon als Moore my wife of the town of Douglas, many good causes and considerations us thereunto moving but especially for and in consideration of the full and just sum of one pound five shillings to be paid us now at the signing of these presents

Have given, granted, bargained, and absolutely sold forever and by these presents do give, grant, bargain and absolutely sell forever all our interest, right and title in and to one small garden of three half pence yearly rent

Situate, lying and being in the town of Douglas aforesaid and [adjacent?] to Robert Corlett ... on the south end to Robert Joyner's garden on the north end unto our loving friend Richard Killey of the same town webster (weaver?), his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns to have, hold, ..... and peaceably to enjoy forever from us, our heirs, executors, administrators and assigns or any other manner of person or persons whom soever by or under us claiming together with all ways, watercourses, easements, profits and commodities thereunto pertaining or in any wise belonging unto him the said Richard Killey, his heirs, executors, administrators or assigns from us our heirs, executors, administrators and assigns or any manner of person or persons whomsoever, the honorable Lord of this Isle only excepted

And for the .... assurance of all and singular the premises above mentioned we bind ourselves, our heirs, executors, administrators and assigns in the penalty and forfeiture of five pounds .... the one half to our honourable Lord and the other to the party agrieved

As witness our hand this twelfth June 1692

Robert Karran

An Charon als Moore my mark X

Signed and delivered in presence of Philip Claige, my mark P, Wm Flexney

At a Sheading Court holden in Douglas then 31 October ..

The above Robert Karran and Ann his wife came this day into the Court and acknowledged the above Bill to be their voluntary Act and Deed and craved our allowance and confirmation to the same which is granted according to the statute provided by us in that behalf by us Richard Stenson, John Rowe, Edward Christian

[Ref: LC 1692 p71]


  1. This is the second recorded transaction for Richard Killey who married Jane Mc ylroy in 1698 in Braddan, so presumably she was born in the late 1660s. Richard Killey was a weaver
  2. His first purchase was in 1686, described as "house and garden on the sand side" and recorded as cottage allotment #104 in 1703 (and later #109). It was sold in 1707
  3. This second purchase, described as "one small garden" , is probably "another little house 3/4d" recorded also as cottage allotment #104
  4. Jane and Richard also held "three houses and two gardens" which were presumably inherited by Jane from her mother. All of these holdings were recorded as a single cottage allotment #104
  5. Jane's mother Kath died in about 1689, and father John left the island and never heard of again, so presumed dead
  6. They had children Charles (b1693), Richard (1699), John (1701), Catherine (m John Cottiman), Esther (m Peter Moore Moore, Richard Joyner) 1704
  7. 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
  8. Daughter Catherine had three children - Jane (1725), John (1725), a son (1731)
  9. 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)
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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?

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