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Case concerning the Manorial Records dated 1765
This manuscript is held at the Manx National Heritage Library under reference MS469 at was written in 1765 at the time of the Revestment. It discusses the then existing Records in order to determine which should be considered Manorial and allocated accordingly. This document is stored together with and is almost certainly contemporary with several other related manuscripts (MS470-MS473).
The following is a mostly literal transcription of the manuscript (which is mostly easy to read). The references in the original appear in the margin. Here they are all positioned on the right. Square brackets  are used to indicate comments. There are many abbreviations in the document (for example Governt for Government). I have not expanded these, although occasionally I use  to indicate what the expanded word should be. As is typical of documents of the era the spelling is erratic.
Manx National Heritage Manx Museum Library MS469 [page 1] Be it remembered that on the [gap] day of [gap] in } Isle of the fifth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George } Man the third by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith &tc and in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred & sixty five that his Excellency John Wood Esqr Governr in Chief and Captain General of the said Isle in humble obedience to His Majestys Royal Instructions in that behalf proceeded to the Offices of the late Comptrollr and Clerk of the Rolls of their Grace's the Duke & Duchess of Atholl late proprietrs of the signiery of the said Isle, and then & there separated and divided the Records appurtenent incident and belonging to their said Grace's maneriel and Territeriel Rights and possessions in the said Isle excepted and reserved to them in and by an Act passed the last Sessions of parliment Intituled An Act for carrying into Execution a Contract made &tc And his excellency did then and there deliver unto Daniel Mylrea and John Quayle Esqrs Senescals and Stewards nominated deputed and appointed by their said Grace's for that purpose the several Books Bundles and Files herein after mentioned that is to say - Being the Rent Rolls containing the names of the Setting Books several Land owners and the particular Rents which they respectively pay, by which their Graces chief Rents are ascertained and collected containing the admissions entrys and Titles of each Land Wast Books owner, and the alienation fines payable to their Graces in respect thereof which record the fines paid at the Act of Settlement Composition Books when the tenures and titles of the Isle were settled and [page 2] established upon their present state by which the alienation fines aforesaid are regulated - also other Books of nearly the like kind and altogether maneriel These Books relate to the Lands within the Barrony belonging } Abby Rentals to the dissolved Monastry of Rushen and are analagous to the } Abby Court Setting and Wast Books of the Lords Land. Also a composition } Rolls book relative to the alienation fines for lands within this Barony of three other little Barronys in this Isle The Court Rolls of Settlement Conveyances Mortgages &tc confirmed at the Bundles of Deeds several Sheading and Barony Courts as they respectively related to or affected Lands within the respective sheadings or Barronys of this Isle. Sales & leases of several impropriations and tyths, and also leases surveys &tc of lands mills &tc within this Isle of the Receivr General stewards & collectrs with their Books of Account respective vouchers wch contain their Graces private audited accts & no way relate to the state of Government of the Isle. And whereas it appears that sundry deeds leases verdicts and other proceeding purely maneriel are recorded in the Books of the Courts of Chancery, Common pleas & Exchequer and cannot now be properly rescinded or separated therefrom - It is therefore hereby declared that the same shall remain & continue upon Record as heretofore. And that for the future all Deeds Leases verdicts and other proceedings which shall or may respect the maneriel & territorail rights of their sd Grace's the Duke & Duchess of Atholl & their several Tennts & Landowners of this Isle, shall and may be returned into their Grace's mannor Courts or otherwise recorded according to the due course of procedure. [page 3] Forasmuchas it is objected the deeds confirmed at the sheading or mannor Courts are not properly manerial - the state of the case is By a statute law anno 1583 after reciting the Inconviencies 1583 arising as well to the Lord as also to the people of the Isle of Mann by their disposing of the lands without the privily and lycense of the Lord, or his Govr & officers of the Isle whereby the Lords Rents Duties & Customes could not be so well gotten nor the Tennant with certainty known, and the Lands being privately dispersed among so many differrent persons that the Setting Books were not to be depended upon as the persons whose names stood recorded, were not seized of those Lands. It is therefore entacted that no land owner shall dispose of any lands without the special lycense of the Lord, or his Govr & two of the principal officers of the Isle. And also by the statute in 1645 it is declared & enacted that no person shall convey his lands but in cases 1645 of poverty or for some other just cause or reason made known to & approved off by the Lord or by his Govr & officers as aforesd. The practice upon these Laws has been that as soon as convenient after the execution of any Deed of Gift Grant Mortgage or other Title the Granters appeared before one of the Deemsters and acknowledged the same to be their proper Act & Deed in such manner as Copy holders in many parts of England acknowledge their surrender before the Senescal, otherwise the witnesses to the attestation with the privily of the Grantors make proof thereof - and then the Grantee bring the Deed to Governt & principal officers when holding a sheading or mannor Court for the particular District wherein such lands lye and the Court causing the Deed to be then published (in case no material objection be offerred by any person agt it) the same is allowed of and by Rule of the sd Court confirmed & recorded [page 4] and the grantee mortgagee &tc is by virtue thereof intitled to be entred the lords terr tennant according to the laws tenure and custom of the Isle - By wch it is undubitable that these laws & precautions did not in the least respect the Lord in his Sovereign capacity, but which were intended to secure to his Lordship as Lord of the Sayle, a proper & solvent Tennt to perform the Boons Suits & Services and to pay the alienation fine & chief rents properly issuing out of each particular parcel of land alienated - To wch his Majestys Govr & officers are in no sort interested nor obliged to pay any attention - and it may be worthy consideration, whether the Lord whose consent is mentioned & prescribed prior to and disjunctive from his Govr & officers cannot delegate such his Right of consent to his stewards and also direct that the acknowledgemt of the parties be made & taken by and before his own stewards.