Will - 1729 (Braddan)


Douglas 1728/9

The last will and testament of Margaret Joyner als McYlroy wife to Robert Joyner of the town of Douglas, who departed this life about the 24th of March last past being in perfect mind and memory at the making thereof.

First, she committed her soul to Almighty God that gave it and her body to Christian burial.

Item she left to Charles Joyner her son and Jony his wife the long table cloth belonging to the long table.

Item she left her daughter Margaret Cosnahan a table cloth as a legacy.

Item she left her daughter Emma McClaire a pair of sheets, one table cloth, and four napkins, as also her part of the house and garden after her husband Robert Joyner decease in case he had it to spare and was not under any necessity or want of selling or disposing of it before his death.

Lastly, she constituted and appointed her dear and loving husband Robert Joyner sole and whole executor of the rest of her goods and chattels moveable and immoveable whatsoever and wheresoever.

Testes: Thomas Joyner, Richard Killey ] jurati Pledges the witnesses of the will

The executor sworn in Court in form of law

Probatum est et solvit


  1. Official Court document gives Margaret's death 24th March; burial record MARY Joyner buried 25th March 1729
  2. Margaret's mother, Catharine McYlroy als Moore died c1698; father John left the island and was presumed dead
  3. Margaret MALLEREIGH married Robert Joyner 3rd November 1685, Braddan, suggesting she was born in the 1660s. Robert was a mariner
  4. Son Charles was a glover as was Margaret's son-in-law, Charles Cosnahan
  5. Robert Joyner's step-father was Hen Maelereigh and Margaret's father was John McYlroy but any connection between them is unknown
  6. The children of Margaret & Robert: Margaret (1686), Charles (c1693), Emma (1700 )
  7. Daughter Margaret b1686 married Robert Quillin in 1717 (children: Richard b1717, Robert b1718, William b1719, Susannah b1721). He died and she then married Charles Cosnahan 1724 (Francis b1726, Charles b1727, Margaret b1728)
  8. Son Charles b1693ish married Joney Clukas - 3 children: Robert, Margaret, Ellinor. He died 1729
  9. Curiously, although Margaret left her part of the house and garden to daughter Emma & in case he (Robert) "had it to spare" either Emma died or was simply excluded from ownership of the house. Also possible that the documentation relating to Emma's share of the house and garden has not survived
  10. In 1730 Douglas: husband Robert (widowed) alone, widow Joyner with 4 children, Margaret & Charles Cosnahan with 6 children (so either one child had died, or the oldest was elsewhere)
  11. Robert Joyner died 1744: his MI in Malew church - Robert Joyner, mariner, buried Braddan
  12. MI, Santon: Margaret Cosnahan alias Quillian alias Joiner from Malew, buried the 11 March 1764
  13. The Joyners (Robert & Margaret) might have been relatively wealthy. Robert inherited several allotments in Douglas from his William Joyner (b1628), and Margaret enjoyed a similar legacy 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 Barrack St
  14. The estate of Margaret's mother was dealt with in a Consistory Court in 1741, long after Margaret's mother had died (1698), and long after the deaths of her daughters Margaret (Joyner) & Jane (Killey) in 1729 & 17** respectively. The purpose of the hearing was not stated but the administration of the estate was handed to the widowers of Margaret & Jane

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

1743-3 E d JOYNER Jony CLUCAS d abt Candlemas last; late of Douglas; ch John, Robt (2 abroad), Charles (ua)+ Ellinor - uncles Capt John Clucas + Wm Clucas + aunt Isabel Fargher supvs; pledges Rev Paul Crebbin + Thos Caine (Ballalhei KK Michael); inv £7 12s exc house + garden - petn by John Clucas (Santan) to be able to sell house

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 sister Jane's son?

1770-1 A 3 HIGGIN Philip Douglas; eldest dau Mary (dwelling house wherein Patrick Tobin lives inc brick stable); dau Jane (own dwelling house); wife Sarah; will torn [] higgin one of execx daus died before probate

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