Purchase - 1734 (Braddan)

Know all men by these presents that I Patrick Cannell of Ballawilling in the parish of KK Braddan and Ann Cannell als Kelly my wife for and in consideration of the sum of twenty-three pounds ten shillings Manks currency to us secured to be paid by Charles Killey of Douglas towards the redemption of our part of the said farm of Ballawilling which now stands mortgaged to the persons herein mentioned viz one part of the farm being mortgaged to Paul Gellinge Camlogue in the parish aforesaid for the sum of five pounds and the remainder of the said farm being mortgaged to Captain Will Cottier of KK Marown late deceased for the sum of sixteen pounds as by the several deeds of mortgage given in that behalf may and doth more which fully appear, all which several sums are to be paid by the said Charles Killey towards the redemption of the said several mortgages and the remainder of the said sum of twenty-three pounds ten shillings to be paid to discharge such interest as may be due and in arrear upon any of the said mortgages and the remainder of any arrears of interest due to be paid by us the said Patrick Cannell and Ann my wife, our heirs, executors, adminsitrators and assigns

Have given, granted, bargained, passed over, alienated and sold and by these presents do give, grant, bargain, pass over, alienated and forever absolutely sell unto the aforesaid Charles Killey, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns all our right, interest and title in and unto that part of our said quarterland which lies below the highway and adjoining to the lands of William Kelly and Nicholas Cowne towards the south and the quarterland of Arderry towards the east, reserving to ourselves, heirs, executors, and assigns for an easement to the river, that parcel ajoining to William Clague's hedge in a direct line from the stones marked in the highway hedge to Arderry hedge on the other side of the river, the same parcel being reserved by us to only seven yards in breadth on Arderry hedge as the same is already marked out by us the said parcel being of such yearly Lord's Rent as the Setting Quest of the said parish of KK Braddan shall settle on the same

To have and to hold unto the said Charles Killey, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns the said parcel of quarterlandforever, together with all ways, waters, watercourses, easements, liberties, profits and advantages to the premises belonging or any wise appertaining without any lett, hindrance or molestation to be made by us the said Patrick Cannell and Ann my wife, our heirs, executors, adminsitrators or assigns, he the said Charles Killey yielding and paying yearly and every year our honourable Lord's Rents with all boons, customs and services usual, and I the said Patrick Cannell and Ann my wife do by these presents oblige ourselves, our heirs and assigns to awarrant and uphold to the said Charles Killey the said premises against the pretended right or title of any person whatsoever

And for performance of all and singular the premises, we the said parties to bind and oblige ourselves, heirs, executors, administrators and assigns in the penalty of double the value to be levied according to law

Witness our hands and marks this 19th of November 1734. Patrick Cannell X PC, Ann Cannell X AC

Witnesses present Robert Fayle my mark X RF, Robert Creer my mark RC, William Kelly my mark X WK, Peter Moore

21st January 1734/5 Three of the subscribing witnesses viz Robert Fayle, Robert Creer & William Kelly came this day and made oath that the beforegoing Deed of Sale was duly perfected by the above Pat Cannell and his wife as their volulntary act and deed. Before me Charles Moore

We the Setting Quest of KK Braddan being charged in pursuance of Mr Deemster Moore's authority to settle and affix a rent upon part of a quarterland in Balding known by the name of Ballawilling and now purchased by Charles Killey of Douglas from Pat Cannell of the said parish and to view the said Charles Killey's as also the said Pat Cannell's part of the said land and we do settle and affix upon the said Charles Killey's part of the said land the sum of three shillings and upon said Pat Cannell's part the sum of six shillings and this we give for our return. As witness our hands and marks this 4th of July 1735. Robert Kelly X, William Cubbon X, William Clucass X, Thomas Lewn X

At a Sheading Court holden at Castle Rushen the 13th October 1735 The beforegoing Bill of Sale having been proved 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. Thomas Horton, Charles Stanley, William Stonier, William Christian, Charles Moore, Dan Mylrea

[Ref: N/SSS Oct 1735 #36; LV 1736]


  1. This purchase follows a period in 1730 when Charles snr acquired several properties, some quarterland in Conchan and others cottage allotments/houses in Douglas, all of which began with a gift from his parents in 1723. He purchased another tenancy in 1732, making his land/property tally 5 transactions in 5 years
  2. This1734 purchase was for land in the parish of Braddan, in the treen of Ballaregnilt. It appears in LV that the part that Carles purchased had an annual rent of 3/-
  3. Charles snr was recorded as a shopkeeper in several documents although he was more aptly described as a merchant, and sure to have been involved in the Manx import/export trade
  4. He was born in 1693
  5. He had five children Richard (1731-1740), Thomas (1732-1732), Charles jnr (1733), Jane (1735-1736) by wife Dorothy Gawn m1730 & d1735, and Elizabeth (1740) by second wife Margaret Maddrel m1739
  6. He had the poignant burial entry: Mr Charles Killey & Peter Moore merchants with many passengers perished at sea. Both he and his brother in law Peter Moore were buried January 25th 1740 in Braddan
  7. When he died, his land holdings were substantial, covering the quarterlands of Ballakermeen, Ballabroii and Ballawilling as well as cottage allotments/houses in Douglas
  8. The bequest for the poor of £10 became a source of wrangling between the Church and the executors. It took several years to extract the funds from them (Presentments: up to 1757, still not paid)
  9. He was the oldest surviving child of Jane Mc Ylroy & Richard Killey. His mother was the younger daughter of John Mc ylroy & Kath Moore, Kath dying in about 1698, and John leaving the island and never heard of again, presumed dead
  10. Charles's parents married in 1689 in Braddan and presumably Jane was born in the 1660s. They had children Charles (1693), Richard (1699), John (1701), Catherine (m John Cottiman 1724), & Esther (m Peter Moore, Richard Joyner) 1704
  11. Jane died 1725. Her sons John and Charles had both died by the time their father Richard Killey died in 1744, leaving only their second son Richard jnr and two daughters Catherine and Esther
  12. Charles's father Richard had a burial record saying "old Richard Killey aged about 90" : 30th May 1744 Braddan so Richard was born 1655-1660. He was a weaver
  13. His sister Catherine (Cottier) had three children - Jane (1725), John (1725), a son (1731)
  14. HIs sister Esther had seven children 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)
  15. In 1723 his parents gifted Charles a house on cottage allotment #104 (later renumbered 109). The entire allotment was described in Lib Assed three houses and two gardens 12d, another little house and a house and garden on the sand side 2d Total rent 14d. Included in #104 were two tenancies purchased by Richard in 1686 and 1692, and a third much more valuable tenancy which Jane had inherited from her parents
  16. 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
  17. What remained of allotment #104/9 passed to Charles's sister Esther and then his nephew Richard Moore in 1762
  18. 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

1737 Eliz Gawne arb 17370424 dated 18 Apr 1737;Capt William Qualtrough (Kentraugh, Rushen); Mr Thomas Gawn (Ballagawn, Rushen) + wife Jane obo their dau Elizabeth Gawn; to marry within a month; Gawn settles £200(Manks) of wch the mortgage held by Thos Gawne from the Nunry? is includ edas prt and sd Wm + Elizth are intitled to mortgaged land together with half effects Thos Gawn + wife may die possed off - noted another m/c given to Charles Killey (Douglas) + his now decd wife; Witt John Cotteman, Chas Killey; rest except Jane sign (tho Tho very shakey) sister in law

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 his brother? 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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