Will - 1736 (Douglas)

Douglas October 20 1736

Jane Higgin als McYlrey departed this life about the 17th of September last intestate whereupon the Court has decreed her son Philip Higgin sole administrator of all her goods and chattels whatsoever (Mr Edward Fletcher having relinquished his right) and the said Philip Higgin is sworn in Court in form of law and gave pledges Mr Ewan Curlett and Mr Peter Moore.

Decretum est

Solvit 2/7

John Woods, John Cosnahan

October 20 1736 Capt John Oats enters a claim against the administrator of Jane Higgin for £1/-/-

March 2 1736 Mr Philip Moore jnr £4/13/11½

Item in his father’s behalf for £1/17/3

May 19 1737 Barbara Brownell £1/12/6 British

October 18 1737 Mr John Murray for £60/-/-

Eod die Mr William Murray for £8/-/-

October 11 1737 Philip Higgin the administrator desires notice ... taken of his claim for £20/-/-


  1. Jane was the daughter of Hen McYlroy & Amy McYlroy als Joyner als Watson
  2. She had two Joyner half-siblings: Robert & Alice
  3. Jane was under age when her mother died in 1689; her father died later in the same year
  4. Jane married Philip Higgin 1703. Higgin was a mariner and inherited cottage allotment in Douglas from his father who died in 1711 (#111, 3d rent)
  5. Jane inherited cottage allotment in Douglas from her mother Amy Mcylroy als Joyner als Watson who died in 1689 (#110, 4d rent). It was sold in 1715
  6. Higgin children: Margaret (1704), William (1706), Jane (1708), Philip (1711), of whom only Jane and Philip survived
  7. In 1730 Douglas: Philip & Jane Higgins, 1 child & 1 servant; Robert (widowed) alone; Alice (widowed) 1 child
  8. The Edward Fletcher mentioned in Jane's probate was the husband of daughter Jane (married 1733)
  9. Jane Higgin als Mcylroy was buried 17th September 1736, Braddan
  10. Two burials of a Philip Higgin are recorded in the Braddan parish register, 1741 & 1769, Jane's husband and son
  11. Philip snr was a mariner and Philip jnr was a hairdresser and wigmaker
  12. Phil Higgin snr did not leave a will but the LV 1743 records the fact that he made a gift of two cottages in 1736 to his son, Phil jnr, soon after Jane died. Their rent was respectively 2s 7½d, and 20½d, for cottage allotments #48 & #52. (TBF might be NSS May 1743 #43)
  13. Son Philip jnr was also lucky enough to have been left cottages by Mariot Smith and Margaret Kelly in the 1750s
  14. He married three times: Elizabeth Peel 1741 (d1750), Mary Hault 1751 (d1761) then widow Sarah Merydew als Scott 1761 (Edward Fletcher was witness to this third wedding)
  15. He had four children Mary 26th January 1742/3, Philip 4th March 1743/4, Jane 25th February 1746/7, Jane 25th June 1752, of whom only Jane survived her father
  16. In less than a century, Jané's little family was ""daughtered-out"
  17. NOTE: Be aware that cottage allotment numbers changed over time as Douglas expanded. Rent and neighbours become key elements in confirming whether the tenants (e Phil Higgin) 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

1743-1 A 6 KNEAL Mary als Callow als HIGGIN Douglas; son John Callow; houses + house of her fa Wm Higgin decd; present husb Philip Kneale + 3 ch youngest Philip; son Wm Kneale; her step dau Elinor Kneale; houses adj Philip Lace;1759 Cath Kneale dau acks from half brother John Callow; Philip youngest dead - connected?

1747-2 E w HIGGINS Margaret CREER d 6 Oct 1747; Douglas; son John (if he come),Thos exec; gson John Callow; gdau Cath Kneal; names Margt Smith; gch Wm,Philip + Cath Kneal - connected? mother of Mary above

1785 A 5 FLETCHER Edward dated 11 nov 1784; Ballafletcher; gtgdau Carolina Lee; names Capt John Lee,John EdwardLlee,Wm + Edwd Callister; sister Mary Callister; names Sarah Quirk als Callister,Wm+Robt Kelly,Edwrd Callister;dr Patk Scott claims; - son in law

1785 A 6 ds FLETCHER Jane dated 14 Mar 1785; widow capt Ed Fletcher; gtgch John Edward + Caroline Lane Lee; - daughter

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