MORTGAGE - 1714 (Malew)

Know all by these presents that I John McYlrea and Elizabeth my wife divers good causes and considerations us thereunto moving bur more especially for and in consideration of the sum of five pounds sixteen shillings and four pence sterling to us in hand paid at the signing and delivering of these presents from our loving friend Ewan Looney ... have given, granted, bargained and demised and mortgaged and do by these presents give, grant, demise and mortgage unto the said Ewan Looney a certain parcel land known by the name of Close Bane adjoining to William Taylor's land on the north side and adjoining to John Farrant's land on the south sides and to the highway leading from Ballasalley to the mountains on the east side of the yearly rent of nine pence with all other dues, suits and services to have and to hold for the space of five years commencing from the twenty third of October one thousand seven hundred and fourteen until the said five years be fully ended and so from five years to five years thence forward until the aforesaid sum of five pounds sixteen shillings and four pence be fully repaid by us John McYlrea and Elizabeth McYlrea our heirs, executors, administrators and assigns in the penalty and forfeiture of ten pounds sterling in the nature of all fines in this island Witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals this 25th of October 1714 John McYlrea my mark X, Issabel McYlrea als Shimmin her mark X

Signed and delivered in presence of us Henry Taylor my mark X, John Cotteman, John Bridson

1st May 1716 John McYlrea and Elizabeth McYlrea have acknowledged the above Bill of Mortgage to be their voluntary act and deed before me Dan Mylrea

At a Sheading Court holden at Castle Rushen the 8th May 17** the within Bill of Mortgage being acknowledged before the Deemster and published in Court and no objection made against it therefore the same is allowed of and confirmed according to law Alex Horn, J.Rowe, W.Sedden, Dan Mylrea

29th September 1724 I do acknowledge to have received from William Preston for John McYlrea the full consideration money of five pounds sixteen shillings and four pence within mentioned therefore this mortgage is cancelled Witness my hand Ewan Looney my mark X

Witness John Quayle, ............

[Ref: SSM Malew Old Mortgages #80]


  1. Fildraw
  2. John McYlrea was the eldest son of Thomas McYlrea & Margaret Gellin. He was born in Malew 1659, and was heir to the family's Fildraw estate
  3. His wife was Elizabeth Shimmin. They had six children : Elizabeth (married Thomas Norris) b1686, Charles (married Margaret Kewley?) b1687, Thomas (married Jony Kinley) b1689, Ann (married Thomas Cain) b1694, Cath (unmarried) b1697, Isable (married Thomas Quackin, Robert Shimmin) b1701
  4. This mortgage of Fildraw land was the second of two taken out in the years immediately following John's fathers death in 1711
  5. In the 1720s, John went on to sell off parts of Fildraw, claiming financial pressures. One sale, to William Preston in 1724, was to pay off this mortgage
  6. In coming years, Charles and his son Charles jnr mortgaged or sold off more pieces of Fildraw
  7. There is much about the Malew Mylreas of the 1600s and early 1700s that does not hang together so extreme caution must be exercised
  8. For further insights into the Malew Mylreas, please refer to Mylreas in Ballaquaile and Fildraw

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