SALE - 1722 (Malew)

Know all men by these presents that I John McYlrea of Fildraw in parish of KK Malew with the consent of Elizabeth my wife diverse good causes and consideration us moving but more particularly for and in consideration of the just and entire sum of seven pounds to us in hand paid and secured to be paid at or before the probation hereof before the Deemster by our son and daughter Thomas and Ann McYlrea not only to relieve our pressing necessities in our feeble declining years but also to support and relieve the necessities of our eldest son Charles McYlrea have given, granted, passed over and sold and by these presents do hereby give, grant, pass over and forever absolutely sell from us our heirs, executors and administrators a certain part of our tenant being Abbey lands (in the Hayr) viz from the potato but cross way to Cain's hedge at the south side and from the highway down to the river on the other side according as the same is marked and set out by the said parties the potato but being the more or division of the said purchase to them our said son and our daughter their heirs, executors, administrators or assigns forever with all ways, waters, watercourses, easements and appurtenances to the premises in anyways belonging they the said Thomas and Ann McYlrea their heirs, executors or assigns yielding and paying such annual rents and customs out of the premises as the Setting Quest shall proportion and settle upon the same with all other fines, suits and services usually accustomed to be paid and it is further agreed upon that the said Thomas McYlrea shall immediately enter into possession of the one half of the premises with its appurtenances and the other half of the said premises with its appurtenances to be possessed and enjoyed by the said Ann McYlrea immediately at or upon the decease of John McYlrea and his wife without any interruption or lot? of his heirs, executors or assigns the said John McYlrea and his wife paying the rent, customs, board and services out of the same while they enjoy the possession thereof and the said John McYlrea doth hereby oblige himself heirs, executors and administrators the premises with its appurtenances to secure, awarrant and uphold unto my said son Thomas and Ann McYlrea their heirs, executors or assigns to procure the confirmation of the worshipful Court to the same and what more shall be thought necessary for more strengthening of these presents according to the true intent and meaning hereof for performance whereof and of every article herein contained we bind ourselves heirs, executors and administrators in the penalty of twenty pounds according to law Witness our subscription 6th February 1722/3 Jon McYlrea my mark X, Elizabeth McYlrea my mark X

Signed and delivered in presence of us Robert Maddrell, John Kinley his mark X

6th February 1722 John McYlrea and his wife Elizabeth McyYlrea came and have acknowledged the within and above Bill of Sale to be their voluntary act and deed before me Charles Moore

1st May 1723 We do acknowledge to have received the sum of two pounds nine shillings in part of the within consideration money. Witness our subscriptions John McYlrea my mark X, Charles McYlrea my mark X

8th October 1723 I do acknowledge to have received the remainder of the consideration money mentioned in this Bill of Sale in full of all demands concerning the same Witness my hand John McYlrea my mark X

Witness Robert Maddrell

At an Abbey Court held at Ballasalley the 9th October 1723 The within Bill of Sale being acknowledged before the Deemster and now published in open Court and no objection offered against it the same is therefore allowed of and confirmed according to law John Sarsforth, Charles Moore, J.Rowe, Dan McYlrea, John Smith, Dan McYlrea

We the Setting Quest of the Abbey Lands of the parish of KK Malew do fix or settle upon a part of the within mentioned lands 8d with the customs which is half a goose and two carrs of turf which we find to be a part or parcel of the tenement of Fildrawmore as also we find that a part of the within parcel of lands being a parcel of Ballamanks land and of Cainsland which we find that the rent of it to be settled before being 1s 6p and this we give for our return this 3rd October 1723 Nicholas Harison, Wm Bridson, Tho Taubman

[Ref: SSS Oct 1723 #37]


  1. Fildraw
  2. John McYlrea was the eldest son of Thomas Mylrea & Margaret Gellin. He was born in Malew 1659, and heir to the family's Fildraw estate
  3. His wife was Elizabeth Shimmin. They had six children : Elizabeth (married Thomas Norris) born 1686, 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. Charles was their oldest child and entitled under Manx law to inherit his family's estate, but this contract looks as if his father were selling off a portion of the estate for cash flow purposes. Charles would have been about 35 years of age, Thomas 33 and Ann 28. The alternative explanation is that this sale was a means of providing Thomas with his own "estate"
  5. Where a young single woman such as Ann McYlrea would have gotten the funds to participate in this sale is intriguing
  6. Three years later, in April 1725, Charles and his father sold another piece of the family estate, this time to Ann alone, who had married Thomas Cain in February 1725 (although she is referred to as Ann McYlrea in the sale document). Perhaps Cain was taking advantage of his neighbour's difficulties. Ann and her Cain family were still farming in Fildraw in 1741
  7. In coming years, the Fildraw estate would be subject to further mortgages and sales at the hands of Charles and his son Charles jnr
  8. There is much about the Malew Mylreas of the 1600s and early 1700s that does not hang together so extreme caution must be exercised
  9. For further insights into the Malew Mylreas, please refer to Mylreas in Ballaquaile and Fildraw

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