Gift - 1723 (Douglas)

To all Christian people to whom this present writing shall come I Richard Killey of the town of Douglas, weaver, and Jane my wife send greetings in our Lord God everlasting

Know ye that I Richard Killey and Jane my wife out of the natural love, favour and affection which we have and do bear to our son Charles Killey of the said town, shopkeeper, have given, granted, conveyed, settled, confirmed and gifted and do by these presents give, grant, convey, settle, confirm and make a full, perfect, free Deed of Gift forever unto the said Charles Killey, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns of all that piece or parcel of our ground, platt, sett, lying and being in the said town as already marked out and agreed on by us, being a house room with a shade and staircase room as the same is already built upon by the said Charles Killey, together with a room with a shade on the west side of the staircase ranging westward as the said house is already built which said shade is to be a foot narrower than the staircase in breadth, being in length from east to west by computation thirteen yards and in breadth from north to south about nine yards and a half, be it more or less, abutting and adjoining to the Common Street towards the south and to the widow Cowle's house towards the west, and to our own rent towards the north and east as by the metes and bounds thereof they are already set forth and also all buildings made or sett up, in or a plan the said piece or parcel of ground or garden platt with all profits and advantages to the premese belonging or anywise appertaining being of such yearly Lord's Rent as the Setting Quest of KK Conchan shall allot and settle on the premises

To have and to hold unto him the said Charles Killey, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns the said said parcel of ground or garden platt and all other the edifices and buildings already erected on the premises forever together with all ways, waters, watercourses, easements, liberties, lights, profits and advantages to the said premises belonging or in any ways appertaining from us the said Richard Killey and Jane my wife, our heirs and assigns or from any other person or persons by, from, and under us claiming; he the said Charles Killey, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns yielding and paying yearly and every year our honourable Lord's Rent together with all boons, dues and duties accustomed; and I the said Richard Killey and Jane my wife do by these presents bind and oblige ourselves, heirs and assigns to procure the honourable Court's confirmation to this Deed of Gift and do, perform, execute and fulfill all other things needful and necessary to be done according to law and the said parties do further covenant and agree that if the said Charles Killey, his heirs and assigns, from time to time and at all times hereafter shall have full and free liberty to go round the said house and and clear the watercourse as there shall be occasion as also the said Richard Killey or assigns may without stop or molestation adjoin or build to the said Charles Killey's east gable as there shall be occasion

And for the better appearance hereof we have put the said Charles Killey in full and lawful possession and seizin by the Gift and delivery of a piece of silver called an English half crown and before the ensealing and delivery of these presents according to the usual form and custom in such like cases

And for the true and faithful performance of all and singular the covenants and conditions aforesaid I the said Richard Killey and Jane my wife do hereby bind and oblige ourselves, heirs, executors, administrators and assigns in the penalty and forfeiture of forty pounds stirling to be levied according to law. Witness our hands this 27th day of December 1723. Richard Killey my mark X (seal), Jane Killey my mark X (seal)

Signed and delivered in presence of John Faile, Charles Joyner

8th April 1724 Richard Killey and Jane his wife came this day and have acknowledged the within and above Deed of Gift to be their voluntary act and deed. Before me Charles Moore

Charles Killey hath requested that it might be set down for the satisfaction of his parents that if they should be feeble or not able to maintain themselves then the said Charles is to take care of them or either of them. And this before me Charles Moore

We the Setting Quest of KK Conchan do settle four pence rent on the houses and buildings now in the holding and possession of the said Charles Killey persuant to the within Deed of Gift.

Witness our hands this 6th May 1724. John Oates jnr my mark, Patrick Curlet my mark, Thomas Waterson my mark, Edward Christian

At a Sheading Court holden at Douglas the 6th May 1724 The within Deed of Gift being acknowledged before the Deemster and here published in open court and no objection against the same is allowed of and confirmed according to law by us John Lloyd, Charles Moore, ... Rowe, .... Sanforth

[Ref: N/SSS May 1724 #39]


  1. This Gift is for one part of cottage allotment #104 (later recorded #109) in Douglas. The allotment was described in Lib Assed as "three houses and two gardens 12d, another little house and a house and garden on the sand side 2d" . The little house was purchased by Richard in 1892, the house and garden by Richard in 1686 (2d), while the remainder had been inherited by Jane Killey, the daughter of John Mc ylroy and Kath Moore (12d)
  2. The recipient, Charles Killey, was the oldest son of Richard Killey and Jane
  3. 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
  4. Jane married Richard Killey in 1689 in Braddan, so presumably she was born in the late 1660s. Richard Killey was a weaver
  5. They had children Charles (b1693), Richard (1699), John (1701), Catherine (m Cottiman), Esther (m Moore, Richard Joyner) 1704
  6. Charles had five children Richard (1731-1740), Thomas (1732-1732), Charles (1733), Jane (1735-1735) by wife Dorothy Gawn m1730 & d1735, and Elizabeth (1740) by second wife Margaret Maddrel m1739
  7. Charles died in 1741 and had the poignant burial entry: Mr Charles Killey & Peter Moore merchants with many passengers perished at sea. Both he and Peter Moore, their son in law, were buried January 25th 1740 in Braddan
  8. Their daughter Catherine had three children - Jane (1725), John (1725), a son (1731)
  9. Their daughter Esther had 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)
  10. 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
  11. In 1707, Jane and Richard sold the "house and garden on the sand side" on cottage allotment #104, and this Gift to Charles was the second "selling off" on the allotment
  12. The remainder of allotment #104 passed to their daughter Esther and then to 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? 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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