Settlement - 1727 (Douglas)

To all Christian people to whom these presents shall come to be seen, heard, or understood know ye that I Robert Joyner of the town of Douglas and Margaret my wife out of the natural love, favour and affection which we have and do bear unto our loving son Charles Joyner of the said town, glover, have given, granted, assigned, settled, estated and gifted and by these presents do give, grant, assign, settle, estate, confirm and make a full, perfect and free Deed of Gift forever unto the said Charles Joyner, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns of all that our dwelling house, parlour, brew house and back side situate, lying and being in the said town and adjoining unto Thomas Joyner’s ground towards the west, and to the Common Street towards the north and south and to our own cellar and rent towards the east as the metes and bounds thereof are already set forth and well known 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 Joyner, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns the said dwelling house, parlour, brew house and back side aforesaid forever together with all ways, waters, watercourses, easements,liberties, profits and advantages to the premises belonging or any ways appertaining he the said Charles Joyner, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns yielding and paying yearly and every year our honourable Lord’s Rent together with all boons, dues, duties and services accustomed and I the said Robert Joyner and Margaret my wife do by these presents pass over by gift and further settle on our said son Charles Joyner that piece of the garden which ranges with John Corras’s his rent being the east part of our said garden

And further the said parties do agree that Robert Joyner and Margaret his wife are to have one half of the brew house, back side and garden during their own natural life and afterward to fall to their son, his heirs or assigns

Aand for further assurance of the said gifted premises unto the said Charles Joyner, his heirs, executors, and assigns according to the laws of the Island we have put him this day in full, peaceable and quiet possession by the gift and delivery of one English shilling in the name of Possession Livery and Seizin of all and singular the dwelling house, parlour, brew house, back side and garden aforesaid

And for the true performance of all and singular the premises, we the said parties do bind and oblige ourselves, heirs, executors, administrators and assigns in the penalty and forfeiture of fifty pounds sterling to be levied according to law. Witness our hands and seals this 21st day of November 1727. Robert Joyner (seal), Margaret Joyner my mark X

Signed, sealed and Possession Livery and Seizin given in presence of Thomas Kelly, John Quilling, Charles Cosnahan

22nd November 1727 Robert Joyner and his wife came and have acknowledged the within and above Deed of Gift to be their free and voluntary act and deed. Before me Charles Moore

At a Sheading Court held at Douglas the 6th May 1728 The within Deed of Gift being acknowledged before the Deemster and now published in open Court and no objection offered against it the same is therefore allowed of and confirmed according to law Thomas Horton, James Horton, John Brownell, William Stonier, Dan Mylrea, Charles Moore, Nich. Christian

[Ref: SSS May 1728 #50]


  1. Robert Joyner married Margaret Mallereigh 1685 in Braddan. They had children: Margaret (1686), Charles (c1693), Emma (1700)
  2. There might have been a fourth child - a Robert Joyner (mariner) died in 1716 naming in his will siblings Charles, Margaret and Amy which more or less coincides with the family of Robert and Margaret, the names Emma and Amy being similar although this Robert had no baptism record
  3. The Joyners (Robert & Margaret) might have been relatively wealthy. Robert inherited several allotments in Douglas from his father, William Joyner (b1628), and Margaret also enjoyed a legacy of at least one allotment from her mother, Catharine. See for more detail in the 1705 Survey of Douglas allotments [12/15, 13/09, 16/05] The allotments were on (now) Barrack St
  4. Charles was their only son, baptised about 1693. He married Jony Clucas 1721 and died in 1729, two years after this Settlement was forumlated. He was not 40
  5. In 1730 Douglas: widow Jony Joyner with 4 children - John (before 1724), Robert (1724), Charles (1730), Ellinor (1727). A fifth child Margaretb1726 died in infancy
  6. Son Charles a glover, as was son-in-law Charles Cosnahan
  7. Curiously, both Robert and his daugher-in-law Jony Joyner als Clucas received handouts for the poor in 1730 even though Robert had settled property on his son Charles only 3 years previously
  8. Perhaps because of the death of Charles, Robert Joyner made a subsequent Settlement on Charles Cosnahan his son-in-law to ensure he, Robert, was cared for in his old age. The gift amounted to about 1/3 of cottage allotment #75
  9. The other 2/3 was settled on son Charles in this current gift
  10. The Cosnahans sold their share of cottage #75 to Robert Brown in 1746
  11. Another Robert Joyner, a mariner, who perished off the coast of Africa in 1754. This was the second son of Charles Joyner and Jony Clucas
  12. NOTE: Be aware that cottage allotment numbers changed over time as Douglas expanded. Rent and neighbours are key elements in confirming whether the tenants (eg Robert Joyner) have changed properties or whether they have remained stable while the allotment number from one LA to the next has changed

Associated Documents

From Summary of Wills, A Manx Notebook

1730-1 E d JOYNER Charles d 14 dec; ch Jon, Robt, Ellinr + Charles all ua, uncle Charles Cosnahan jt supv with wife Jony als Clucas; claims; inv; debts - Court allows widow to mortgage houses


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