Purchase - 1730 (Conchan)

Know all men by these presents that I Charles Cowle of the town of Douglas, glover, and Isabel my wife for and in consideration of the sum of ten pounds seven shillings Manks currency to us in hand secured to be paid before the honourable Court's confirmation hereof at, by and from the hands of Charles Killey of the said town

Have given, granted, bargained, passed over and sold and by these presents do give, grant, bargain, pass over and forever absolutely sell unto the said Charles Killey, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns all our rights, interest and title in and unto a certain house in the said town adjoining to the house of the said Charles Killey towards the east, and to the house of Anthony Curmeen towards the west being of ... penny yearly Lord's Rent together with a certain garden near the said town being part of the tenement of Ballakermeen adjoining to Richard Killey's garden towards the east, and our own garden towards the west as the bounds and fences of the same is already set forth and well-known being of a half penny yearly Lord's Rent or thereabouts

To have and to hold unto him the said Charles Killey, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns the said house and garden forever with all ways, waters, watercourses, easements, liberties, profits and advantages to the property belonging or in any ways appertaining without the lett stop, hindrance or disturbance of us the said Charles Cowle and Isabel my wife or any other person or persons by, from or under us claiming he the said Charles Killey, his heirs and assigns yielding and paying yearly and every year our honourable Lord's Rent with all boons, dues and duties usual

And further I the said Charles Cowle and Isable my wife do bind and oblige ourselves, heirs, executors and assigns to procure the honourable Court's confirmation to this Deed of Sale and to do, perform, execute, and fulfill all such further act or acts, thing and things needful and necessary to be done according to law

And for the true and faithful performance of all and singular the covenants and conditions made and mentioned in the beforegoing Bill of Sale I the said Charles Cowle and Isabel my wife do bind and oblige ourselves, heirs, executors, administrators and assigns in the penalty and forfeiture of of double the value to be levied according to law. Witness our hands and seals 9 day of May 1730. Isabel Cowle senior has given her full consent to the within Bill of Sale. Charles Cowle (seal), Isabel Cowle my mark X (seal), Isabel Cowle snr her mark X (seal)

Signed, sealed and delivered in presence of John Kelley, John Cowley X

11th May 1730 Charles Cowle and wife and also mother the widow came and have acknowledged the within and above Bill of Sale to be their voluntary act and deed and also have acknowledged to be satisfied and paid the full consideration therein mentioned. And all this before me Charles Moore

At at Sheading Court held at Douglas the 11th May 1730 The within Bill of Sale 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. Thoms Horton, James Horton, Charles Stanley, John Brownell, Nicholas Christian, Dan Mylrea

[Ref: N/SSS May 1730 #65]


  1. This is the second purchase by Charles Killey snr in a matter of weeks, and follows on from his acquisition of quarterland in June 1729, and a cottage allotment in Douglas in his previous transactions. These two latter purchases were also shortly before he married at the age of about 36 years
  2. When his parents gifted him a house in 1723, mention was made of widow Cowle as the neighbour on the western side of the gifted property. Perhaps this purchase is an extension to the footprint made by Charles with his parent's gift
  3. He 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. Charles 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. 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)
  8. When he died, his land holdings were substantial, covering the quarterlands of Ballakermeen, Ballabroii and Ballawilling as well as cottage allotments/houses in Douglas
  9. Charles snr was the oldest surviving child of Jane Mc Ylroy & Richard Killey. His mother was the younger daughter of John Mcylroy & Kath Moore, Katherine dying in about 1698, and John leaving the island and never heard of again, presumed dead
  10. His 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
  11. Richard and Jane married in 1689 in Braddan and presumably Jane was born in the 1660s. They had five known children Charles (1693), Richard (1699), John (1701), Katherine (m John Cottiman 1724), & Esther (m Peter Moore, Richard Joyner) 1704
  12. Jane died 1725. Sons John and Charles had both died by the time their father Richard Killey died in 1744, leaving only son Richard jnr and two daughters Catherine and Esther
  13. Charles's sister Catherine (Cottiman) had three children - Jane (1725), John (1725), a son (1731)
  14. Charles's 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 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 to 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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