- Lease Book Overview
- Composition Book Overview
- Leases before 1643
- Leases 1643-1704
- Stray Compositions
- Knowsley Hall
- Derby Papers
- Atholl Papers
- Castle Rushen Papers
- Ellesmere Papers
- Bridge House Papers
- Pennant Papers
Important Manx officials and soldiers were appointed by a commission from the Lord of Man. The Governor (as the Lord's representative) would also commission new officers. These commissions consisted of written instructions from the Lord or Governor, usually addressed to the new employee's superior. These instructions sometimes further explain the reason for the appointment or stipulate the tasks required of him. In a few cases the document simply orders that a pension be paid to a particular individual. Liber Irrotulamentorum is the name given to a book of these records.
Many of the earlier (eg circa 1600) commissions are recorded in the Libri Scaccarii. Collected records from about 1660 appear in MS9864. One such Liber Irrotulamenoerum dated 1669-1672 is titled A Booke of Comissions, orders and warrants relating to the several offices and places in the respective Garrisons forts comands and otherwise within the Isle of Man.
Example of a warrant by the Lord of Man
It is my will & pleasure that the bearer hereof Hum= =phey Seddan bee admitted into Castle Rushen in my Isle of Man, there to doe the do the dutie of a [?] soldier under the command of Capt Rich: Hoe. Given under my hand at Knowsley this xth day of June 1669. Cha Derby To my Governor deputie Governer and ye rest of my officers, (whome these may concern) wthin my Isle of Mann.
The above example was subsequently endorsed by the Governor
Example of a pension granted by the Lord of Man
It is my pleasure to allow unto my servant Samuell Wattleworth the sume of ten pound p annum, and doe order my comissioners for my Revenue in my Iale of Mann to pay the same quarterly out of my Revenue thereunto whomsoever he will appoint, and this to comence from Midsumer last. Given under my hand at Knowsley the 24th of January 1669/70 Derby To my deputie Governr & the rest of my comissionrs