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. Close Moar
  2. It is curious that this Bill of Sale is executed the same day as Margaret's father was buried. It appears that, rather than the terms of the Marriage Contract being observed, David was obliged to purchase the Intack known as Close Moar, even though Margaret's father had 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. David was the son of Richard & Isabel Moore, baptised in 1727 in Lonan. He married Margaret Kermott als Killey 4th November 1755. They had at least four children: Daniel [b1756-1771], Margaret [b1759], David [b1762] & James [b1764]
  4. Margaret was a widow with four children when she married David. From their Articles of Marriage, it would seem that David took no land or possessions into his marriage to Margaret Killey and that Close Moar and other land was contributed by Margaret's parents
  5. In 1781, David & Margaret settled Close Moar on their son, David jnr who married Catherine Quayle 1789
  6. David died 1796 and Margarett MYLREOIE als KELLY (sic) was buried 26th December 1799
  7. In 1900, Close Moar was occupied by Thomas Joseph Mylrea, their great grand son
  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

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