SALE - 1602 (Michael)

This indenture made the fifteenth day of June in the year of our Lord God one thousand, six hundred and two and in the year of the reign of our most sovereign Lady, Queen Elizabeth by the grace of God of England, France and Ireland , defender of the faith, the ……. and ....

Between Thomas McYlrea of KK Michael in the Isle of Man of the one party and John Cannell of the same parish of the other party

Witnesseth that the said Thomas as well for diverse good causes and considerations him thereunto moving as also for the sum of three pounds and thirteen shillings lawful English money whereof fifty and three shillings are paid at the ensealing thereof, and whereupon the said Thomas doth acknowledge and confess himself fully satisfied and paid for concerning the said sum and thereof and of one party and .... thereof doth assign, exonerate and discharge the said John Cannell, his executors, administrators and assigns firmly forever by these presents and twenty shillings lawful English money to be paid to the said Thomas Mylrea, his executors, administrators and assigns by the hand and from the said John Cannell, his executors, administrators or assigns in, at or from the feast of Philip and Jacob commonlt called May Day next coming after the date hereof with ……… in An Dui 1603

Hath demised, bargained, sold and sett over and by this my present indenture of sale doth bargain, sell and sett over firmly by these presents all that my right, title, interest and possession which I now have or hereafter at any time may have in and unto one half quarter of ground commonly and usually called by the name of Ballacronane the whole quarter being the yearly rent of 17 shillings and 10 pence lying, situating and being in KK Michael aforesaid and in the …. and possession of me the said Thomas

To have, hold …………… possess and ………….. …….. the said parcel and half quarter of ground to the said John Cannell, his executors, administrators and assigns together with all and singular the appurtenances to the same belonging or in any manner or part appertaining

Yielding therefore and paying yearly and every year for the same the sum of 8 shillings and 11 pence lawful English money with aforesaid bowls and firlett and the third part of a firlet of all …. corn as is usuallly and .... due to be paid forty for the same, doing all ……. ……. as is also to the same belonging together with all other dues and duties as are yearly and every year to be done for and concerning the same

And further the said Thomas McYlrea promises and covenents for himself, his heirs, executors and assigns together with the said John Cannell, his heirs, executors and assigns … with the said John Cannell, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns that ………… the ………..the said John Cannell, his executors, administrators and assigns shall not only well, truly and quietly possess, inhabit, and occupy the said half quarter of ground with all and singular the appurtenances to the same belonging or in any wise appertaining but also indemnify for himself, his executors, administrators and assigns to awarrant and defend the said John Cannell, his executors, administrators and assigns for the quiet having and possessing of all and singular the premises against all manner of person or persons whatsoever the right heir or heirs of the land excepted forever firmly by these presents

In witness whereof the said Thomas hath bound himself in the penalty of twenty pounds sterling forfeiture the one half to appertain and be to her majesty and other half to the said John and his assigns and hereunto hath subscribed my name and put to my hand and seal the day and year first above written.

The mark and X seal of Thomas McYlrea

Sealed, signed and delivered in the presence of Philip Cross, William Saint, John Christian, William Ratcliffe

This is a true copy of the original recorded for better safety at the suit of John Cannell and faithfully ordained by those whose names are subscribed. Robert Molineaux, William Fricus, Ewan Christian

[Ref: Liber Canceller 1608 p12-13 MNHLA]


  1. Balycrynan treen: Balycrynan Moar quarterland
  2. This is the second sale to John Cannel in a period of 5 years. After the third one, 1608 Liber Vastarum noted: Thomas Mcylrea being sicke and unable of himself to manure the ground hath in the presence of divers witnesses sould out his whole interest thereof for evr unto John Cannell in considecon of [pfower?] pounds of mony viz ten shillinge thereof payd alreadie unto him, other thirtie shillings to be payd before Sunday next after this entry and the last fourtie shillings to be payd at or before Michaelmas next. The names of the witnesses psent at this bargaine were John Halsall, Willm Cayne, Finlo Quaill and others
  3. This second sale was for one half of a quarterland, in an area known as Balycrynan Moar that had been tenanted by the Mcylrea clan for a century at least, the original tenants in the 1495 Lib Assed recorded as Donald Mc gilrea and son. When combined with the earlier 1597 sale to Cannell, Mcylrea had now sold an entire quarterland of Balycrynan
  4. Thomas was married to Ann Moore, perhaps in the mid 1550s although there is no evidence as to the ages of Thomas and Ann
  5. Ann (Moore) died in 30th December 1600, naming inter alia John, Donald & Averick Mylrea (and no children), presumably Thoma's relative John & his wife Averick CANNELL, John's wife, and Donald another of Thomas's relatives. She also left her mother something in her will, which would suggest that Ann had not reached elderly years
  6. Thomas must have died soon after the third transaction in 1607 but unfortunately Michael burial records start in 1611. The fact that he was selling was probably an indication of their impoverished state (on several occasions, someone else pledged Thomas's rents) and their childlessness
  7. The Manorial Roll for Michael in 1511/1515 shows 3 Mc gilreas living on Balycrynan: Richard, John & William. Presumably Thomas & John are their descendants
  8. Also several Mylreas from Michael left wills, although whether they were of Thomas's family is unknown:
    • 1595 Will: Johanis Mc ilrea (children William, John, Jonet, Donald, Johan)
    • 1600 Will: Ann Mylrea als Moore (wife) (no children?)
    • 1627 Will: Richard (children Christian, Thomas, William, Christian, Bahie)
    • 1634 Will: Madge Tear als Mylrea
    • 1637 Will: Joney Cannel als Mylrea
    • 1649 Will: Margaret Mylrea als Callister (children William, Ales)
    • 1654 Will: William Mylrea (children Mabel, John, Jane)

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