Deeds and Probate Registry
The Deeds & Probate Registries are in the same office as the Land Registry which in itself is part of the Registries Section of the Central Registry. The Deeds & Probate Registries are situated on the first floor of the Registries Building on Deemsters Walk, just off Bucks Road, next to the Courts of Justice in Douglas.
Monday to Thursday - 9am to 4.30pm
Friday - 9am to 4pm
The Registries Section holds at its public counter a copy of the Woods Atlas which was compiled in the 19th century and contains maps and indices of land and land owners at that time. The original Woods Atlas is looked after by Manx National Heritage and is available at the Manx Museum.
The Public Footpaths and Rights of Way Definitive Map and the Public Rights of Way Definitive Statement are also available for customers to view at our public counter. If further information is required, the Department of Infrastructure holds detailed accounts of each public footpath and right of way. Under the Highways Act 1986, the Department of Infrastructure is responsible for the upkeep of these records.
Unfortunately, due to the legal nature of the work and in line with Central Registry policy, staff are prohibited from undertaking searches on behalf of customers; neither are they permitted to check the content or style of a deed presented for registration or give an opinion on the content of any document currently held in the Deeds or Probate Registries.
If you are in any way uncertain as to the legality of a deed, we would respectfully suggest that you seek advice from a suitably qualified individual. Details of advocates can be obtained from the Isle of Man Law Society.
The Probate Registry maintains probate records subsequent to the issue of a Grant of Probate. Please note that it is not possible to deposit a Will in the Probate Registry prior to this event, i.e. the Probate Registry does not hold Wills relating to individuals still living.
The Probate Registry is responsible for the safekeeping of probate records following the issue of a Grant of Probate from the High Court. Probate records in relation to Grants of Probate issued since 1950 can be viewed at our public counter and by prior arrangement, probate files from 1911 to 1949 can be made available at our public counter, however this requires prior notice and normally takes three working days to arrange. Probate records prior to 1911 are housed in the Manx Museum.
For information about how to make an application for probate on the Isle of Man, contact the Courts of Justice.
Isle of Man
+44 1624 685250