[From Lex Scripta, 1819]

At a Court holden at Castle Rushen the 20th Day of October in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fifty-seven, before the Hon Basil,Cochrane Esquire Governor, the Council Deemsters, and Keysof this Isle.

An ACT for the Removal and Rebuilding of the Parish Church of Kirk Arbory.

WHEREAS the Parish Church of Kirk Arbory is in a ruinous Condition, and too small and incommodious for the Congregation, to the great inconveniency of the severall Inhabitants of the said parish, who are desirous for the Reasons afforesaid, and also to avoid the Indecency and Nuisance of having Funeralls and Interrments in the Body of their Church, and have therefore by Petition prayed that they may have an Act of Tynwald to enable them to take.down the said old Church, and instead thereof to build a decent and convenient Church on the North Side of the said old ,parish Church, and within the Precincts of the Churchyard thereunto belonging pursuant to the Resolution and Recommendation of the Governor, Council, Deemsters, and Keys for that Purpose, dated the twenty seventh Day of May one thousand. seven hundred and fifty-seven, and.His. Grace the Lord of this Isle having upon such Representation approved of so good and desirable a Work, be it ordered, ordained, and enacted by the Most Noble and Puissant Prince James Duke of Atholl, Lord Strange, Lord of Man and the Isles, &c. . the Governor, Council, Deemsters, and Keys, in this present Court assembled, and by the Authority of the same, That it shall and may be lawfull to and for the Viccar and Wardens of the said Parish of Kirk Arbory to take down the said old Parish Church, and to erect and build a new Church more comodious and convenient for the said Parish at the North Side of the said old Church and within the Church-yard as afforesaid and further, that it shall and may be lawfull for the said Viccar and Wardens to expend and. lay out all charitable Contributions to the said Work in the purchasing of Materials and the Building of the said Church; and in case, such Conttributions shall not be sufficient to finish and compleat the said new Church, and the other necessary work in and about the same, that then they shall and lawfully may consider of and conclude upon a general Assessment of the said Parish according to the Proportions formerly used and accustomed within the said Parish, of all which Receipts and Disbursements they the said Viccar and Wardens are to keep a full and fair Account,, to be produced to the Right Reverend the Lord Bishop of this Isle when required; and the said new Church, when finished and consecrated, shall be called, esteemed, and. taken as the Parish Church of Kirk Arbory and as such to be supplyed, served, made use, repaired, and amended from Time to Time. for ever 'hereafter as Occasion shall require. And be it further ordered and enacted by the Authority afforesaid, That no Manner of Person or Persons, upon any Pretence whatsoever shall interr or cause to be interred any Corps in the Body of the said intended Church, but that the same shall be preserved from such Inconveniency and Nuisance for the future. - (Signed): John Taubman, Dan. Lace, Basil Cochrane, Daniel Mylrea, John Quayle, John Frissel. The Keys: Tho. Heywood, Philip Moore, George Moore, John Taubman, William Stevenson, Wm. Cubbon, John Moore, John Clucas, Edw. Christian, Wni. Qualtrough, Thos. Radcliffe, Tho. Fargher, Matth. Christian, Tho. Gawne, Dav. Harrison.



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