PURCHASE - 1757 (Lonan)

Know all men by these presents that I James Killey of the parish of Lonnan with joint consent of Joaney Killey als Frear, my wife diverse good causes us hereunto moving but more especially for the consideration sum of thirty pounds eight shillings Manks currency of this Isle, twenty pounds thereof and the eight shillings paid unto us at, by and from the hands of David Meleroie of the said parish at the signing and delivery of this Bill of Sale, and the other ten pounds to be paid unto us the said James Killey and Joaney my wife whenever the said David Meleroie do possess the whole premises, the receipt of the twenty pounds I do hereby acknowledge

Have given, granted, bargained, passed over and sold and do by these presents give, grant, bargain and forever absolutely sell unto him the said David Meleroie, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns all the right, title and interest that we have or may have to a parcel of Intack commonly known by name a quarter of the Close Moar, together with the proportion of houses, situated on the said premises, save only his proportion of the reef of the houses the said James Killey reserve for himself to be at his own disposal but the eastward field of the said premises situated by William Croghan house in the parish of Lonnan, the said David Meleroie is immediately to be possessed of this field specified at the signing and delivery of this Bill of Sale, commencing the rest from the death of Margaret Killey, widow, the mother of the foresaid James Killey, with the proportion of the rent already fixed on the said premises viz. sixpence halfpenny annual rent save only the field above said the rent thereof is to be proportional and settled by the Setting Quest of the parish but during the life of the foresaid Margaret Killey widow the said James Killey reserves the benefit of this premises for himself until the death of his mother (the foresaid field excepted), the said James Killey and David Meleroie further agreed upon the repair of the fence of the said premises in sufficient order whilst the said Margaret Killey, widow, lives

To have and to hold the said parcel of Intack with all ways, water and watercourses, easements, liberties and advantages to the same in any wise belonging unto the said David Meleroie, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns without the lett stop or hindrance of us the said James Killey and Joaney my wife, he the said David Meleroie paying the annual rent aforesaid with the proportion of boons and duties annually accustomed to be paid out of the said premises, we the said James Killey and Joaney my wife do hereby oblige ourselves to procure the worshipful officer’s confirmation of this Bill of Sale and the said David Meleroie name entered as proper tenant for the same quarter of the Close Moar and to do all other things necessary for the further assurance of the said David Meleroie and to uphold and maintain the said David Meleroie harmless or any loss that may ensue upon the said premises by any person or person that may pretend right to the said parcel of Intack.

And for the true and faithful performance of all articles herein contained we the said James Killey and Joaney my wife do bind ourselves, our heirs, executors, administrators and assigns in the penalty of one hundred pounds sterling to be levied according to law in the nature of all other fines within this Isle.

To witness the same have hereunto set our names and marks the 9th of November 1757. James Killey my mark X, Joaney Killey als Frear her mark X, David Meleroie his mark X

Signed and delivered in the presence of John Ffargher my mark X, Thomas Kermod his mark X

23rd May 1758 James Killey and Joaney Killey acknowledged the within and above Bill of Sale to be their voluntary act and deed and also to be paid the sum of twenty pounds eight shillings of the consideration money therein mentioned. This before me John Taubman

At a Sheading Court holden at Douglas 23rd May 1758 The beforegoing Bill of Sale being acknowledged before the Deemster and now openly published in Court and no objection offered against it the same is therefore allowed of and confirmed according to law. Basil Cochran, Dan Mylrea, John Quayle, John Taubman, Dan Lace, John Frisell

[Ref: NSS May 1758 #74]


  1. ALL COLBY - Close Moar
  2. David and Margaret received a piece of Close Moar intack from Margaret's parents as part of her Marriage Contract in 1755, which said that "the said parcel of Intack to pass in the nature of inheritance unto the foresaid daughter Margaret and to her issue by her husband David Mylroie"
  3. This contract must be for a second piece of Intack land on Close Moar
  4. The 1783 Manorial Roll shows David as a tenant on two intacks, #36 and #70
  5. David was the son of Richard & Isabel Moore, baptised in 1727 in Lonan. He married widow Margaret Kermott als Killey 4th November 1755. They had at least four children: Daniel [b1756-1771], Margaret [b1759], David jnr [b1762] & James [b1764]
  6. In 1781, David & Margaret settled their Close Moar holding on their son, David jnr who married Catherine Quayle 1789
  7. David died 1796 and Margarett MYLREOIE als KELLY (sic) was buried 26th December 1799
  8. Lonan parish registers from the early 1700s are far from complete so extreme caution must be exercised when attempting to draw conclusions about these families and their relationships

Associated Documents

From Summary of Wills, & Marriage Contracts on her CD, A Manx Notebook

1752-2 E w KILLEY Ellinor [bur Lon 17520509] badly torn; bro James Killey; sis dau Mary Kermod; sis Jony Kermod als Killey,Margt Kermod exexs

SSS May 1755 43 James Killey & Jony Freer Bra 17530804 dated 31 Jul 1753;Thomas Killey(Bal-gean, Kk Lonan) + wife Margt als Waterson obo their son + heir James Killey; John Freer(Braddan) + wife Bahee als Fayle obo their dau Joney Freer; to marry within a month; Killey to settle half of purchased estate of Bal-gean (purchased from Nich Kelly) + the 5 associated intacks total 4s 1d rent - other half at decease of longest liver but reserving the mansion house they now live in - also the benefit of a cow for dau Margt Kermott als Killey during her viduity; Freer to give £25; Witt Patt Killip, Willm Killey x

1761-2 E w KILLEY Margaret WATERSON [bur Lon 17610521]; d 20 May 1761; names Margt Killey d/o James Killey + sd mk's sisters Joney + Jane; gson Thos Kermott; son James; gson Wm Kermott; dau Margt; gdau Margt Mylroie; son-i-law Thos Kemott + wife Joney; Joney Killey w/o James Killey; dau Joney; dau Margt Mylroi (w/o David) execx (+ sevl other named bequests); petn by David

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