[taken from Chapter 9 Manx Worthies, A.W.Moore, 1901]

PHILIP KILLEY (b. 1811, d. 1897),

son of William Killey, of Ballawilley-Killey, was educated at various private schools in Douglas. Associated with his father in the businesses of brewing and tanning, the latter of which he continued to conduct for many years, he also, for some years, successfully cultivated his landed property. He was a useful member of the self-elected House of Keys, in which he sat from 1855 till its dissolution and, as captain of the parish of Marown, he was a member of he Douglas District Licensing Court for thirty years. He was also a director of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company. Nor should his valuable contribution to a knowledge of the climate of Douglas, in the shape of a daily record of the rainfall and weather for a period of thirty years be forgotten. But his chief activities, especially during later years, were connected with philanthropic objects. It is no exaggeration to say that any and every charitable movement in Douglas was aided and abetted by him in the most energetic and self-sacrificing way. Thus he was a strenuous supporter of the hospital from its beginning in 1837, being one of its administrative committee for many years. In all matters relating to the relief of the poor his services were rendered even more freely. He was one of the governors of the House of Industry in which he took a very great interest, president of the local branch of the Lifeboat Institution, and one of the trustees of the Isle of Man Bank for Savings. " In short," says the " Isle of Man Times," "his long career was filled with services for the town of Douglas," and, it continues, " with superabundant vigour and vitality, he possessed a warm and generous heart which would hardly allow him to refuse any request. A more active friend to his fellow townsmen never lived.... He was one of the best beloved men we had. and his memory will long be green."


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