THE EARLY

MEMBERSHIP OF THE HOUSE OF KEYS

 

The House of Keys is now the elective chamber of the Isle of Man Legislature. Historically it also had a judicial function as the jury which tried appeals in legal disputes. The Keys were largely self-perpetuating until 1866, and on a vacancy, would themselves select two names, one of which was accepted by the Governor. The membership was traditionally drawn from the leading land-holders of the Island, and many generations of these families served.

The existing Roll of the Keys prepared by the late R.B. Moore was compiled many years ago. It was largely drawn from the published Statutes, and can can be considerably corrected and extended from additional manuscript sources.

There is interest in the spelling of the surnames in the early lists, and the names of the individuals are of interest because thay predate the parish registers and wills. Sometimes there are notes indicating that a member was sick, absent in England, or had died.

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Additional lists will be added from time to time.

 

N.G.C.