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rity, and when this is not done, the chancellor, on petițion, has authority to appoint him, as to real property, until the ward attains the age of twenty-one, and as to personal effects, until the age of fourteen years
ACT OF SETTLEMENT
ACT EXPLANATORY THEREOF.
An Act for the perfect Settling and Confirmation of the Estates, Tenures, Fines, Rents, Suits, and Services of the Tenants of the Right Honourable JAMES, Earl of Derby, within the Isle of Man, passed at a Tynwald Court, holden at St John's Chapel, within the said Isle, the 4th day of February, in the year of our Lord 1703, by the said James, Earl of Derby, Lord of the said Ísle, Robert Mawdsley, Esq. Governor, and the rest of his said Lordship's officers, and Twenty-four Keys, the representatives of the said Isle.
Whereas several disputes, questions, and differentces have heretofore arisen and been contested between the lords of the said isle and their tenants, touching their estates, tenures, fines, rents, suits, and services, to the great prejudice of the lords, and impoverishment of the tenants and people there, who, by that
means, have been discouraged from making such improvements as their estates were and are capable of: For the absolute and perpetual ascertaining whereof, and the avoiding all ambiguities, doubts, and questions that may or might, at any time hereafter, arise, or grow, touching or concerning the same, proposals were made unto the said James, Earl of Derby, now lord of the said isle, at Lathome, the 8th day of September last past, by Ewan Christian of Unerigg, in the county of Cumberland, Esq., John Stephenson of Balladoole, and Ewan Christian of Lewaige, within the said isle, gentlemen; who, (by an instrument under the hands of the Twenty-four Keys, now remaining upon record), were empowered to treat concerning the same, as well for and on behalf of themselves, as all and every the tenants within the said isle, in manner following:
First, That in case his Lordship would be pleased to declare and confirm unto his tenants their ancient customary estates of inheritance in their respective tenements, descendable from ancestor to heir, according to the laws and customs of the said isle, that then the said tenants should, in consideration thereof, advance and
pay unto his said Lordship, the same fines which they severally and respectively paid for their several and respective tenements, at the general fining, which was in or about the year of our Lord 1643 : except where any tenant, or tenants have, or hath one or more life, or lives in being; and that then, and in such case, he or they should severally and respectively pay two thirds only of the said general fine, for their respective tenements.
Secondly, That upon the change of any tenant, by death or alienation, the next succeeding heir or alienee, should pay unto the lord of the said isle for the time being, the third part of the said entire sum, which was paid for a fine at the said general fining, in manner following : ...That is to say, In case of the change of