ISABEL MYLREA & PATRICK COWLEY jnr

MARRIAGE CONTRACT - 1785 (Ballaugh)

Articles of Marriage conditioned, concluded and agreed upon by and between Patrick Cowley /Carnane of bishop’s Demesne in the parish of Ballaugh with the consent of Isabel Cowley my wife for and in behalf of Patrick Cowley junior the son of the one part and John Mylrea Ballacooiley in said parish for and in behalf of his daughter Isabel of the other part as follows:

First it is unanimously agreed up that the said young couple namely Patrick Cowley junior and Isabel Mylrea are to be joined together in the Holy Estate of matrimony within one month next ensuing the date hereof God and his Holy Church permitting the same

Secondly it is agreed upon and the said Patrick Cowley senior and Isabel Cowley their said wife doth, give, grant, settle and estate upon his said son and Isabel Mylrea his said intended wife all and every their estate of lands of inheritance viz their part of Balla Churn Keils Quarterland and that part of their Intack land called the East Croft situate in said parish the one moiety thereof to be possessed by the said Patrick Cowley junior and Isabel his said intended wife on the 12th day of November next ensuing the date hereof and the other half thereof after the decease of them the said Patrick Cowley senior and Isabel Cowley his wife and the survivor of them and the said Patrick Cowley senior and Isabel Cowley his wife doth hereby give settle and estate upon their said son Patrick Cowley and Isabel Mylrea their part or portion of the parcel of land called Clark’s Close immediately after their decease after they respectively fall and I the said Patrick Cowley senior and Isabel Cowley my wife doth hereby give and settle upon their said son and intended daughter-in-law the one moiety of all their live goods and one half of the husbandry gears immediate possession and the other moiety of the said husbandry gears only after the decease of the survivor of them the said Patrick Cowley senior and Isabel his said wife

Thirdly it is also agreed upon and the said Patrick Cowley junior doth hereby give and oblige himself to pay to them the said Patrick Cowley senior and Isabel his wife the sum of thirty-five pounds Manks currency payable upon the expiration of two years next ensuing the date hereof for and in consideration of the beforegoing settlement

Fourthly it is agreed upon and the said John Mylrea doth hereby give unto his said daughter Isabel and said Patrick Cowley junior her intended a dowry portion and marriage goods the sum of twenty pounds Manks with a feather bed, payable upon the expiration of two years next ensuing the date hereof

And fifthly and lastly for the faithful performance of all and singular this Deed of Contract, the parties concerned doth firmly bind and oblige themselves each one to the other and the heirs, executors, administrators and assigns of each of them in the penalty of five hundred pounds sterling As witness our names and marks this 8th day of June 1785 Patrick Cowley my mark X, Patrick Cowley my mark X, John Mylrea my mark X, Isabel Mylrea my mark X, Isabel Cowley my mark X

Signed and delivered in presence of John Mylrea jnr my mark X, Daniel Stephen my mark X, John Gawne his mark X

I Patrick Cowley senior named in the before written Deed of Contract doth hereby acknowledge to have received and to be paid by and from the hands of my son and heir Patrick Cowley junior also named in this Deed the sum of five pounds currency of this Isle in part? payment of the consideration money promised by him to be paid to me in consideration in the before mentioned Settlement or Deed of Contract. As witness my subscription this 21st day of February 1789. Patrick Cowley my mark X

Witnesses John Gawne my mark X, Dan Stephen

20th May 1789 John Mylrea junior and Daniel Stephen deposed that Patrick Cowley duly executed the before written Articles of Marriage in the presence of the deponents and the said Daniel Stephen and John Gawne deposed that Isabel Cowley duly executed the same and Patrick Cowley junior acknowledged the same. Before me Thomas Moore

At a Court Baron holden at the house of Daniel Stephen in Ballaugh for Michael Sheading the 20th day of May 1789 the before written contract having been proved and acknowledged before the Deemster and now openly published in Court and no objection against it, the same is therefore allowed of and confirmed. Thomas Moore, Richard Clague

I Isabel Cowley, widow and executrix of Patrick Cowley senior, one of the parties to the before written Articles of Marriage now deceased do hereby acknowledge to have received from my son Patrick Cowley another of the parties to the said Articles of Marriage the sum of thirty pounds balance of the sum of thirty-five pounds covenanted and engaged to be paid by my said son unto my said husband and myself in the said Articles of Marriage before written Contract or Articles of Marriage and I do acquit him the said Pat Cowley my son and his heirs and assigns from the same and every part thereof. As witness my hand and mark to my name this 19th November 1791. Isabel Cowley my X mark

Witness John Christian, Richard Clague Clerk to the Commissioner of his grace the Duke of Atholl

Pat Cowley junior one of the parties to the before written Articles of Marriage do hereby acknowledge to have received from my father-in-law John Mylrea the sum of twenty pounds and a feather bed being the portion agreed to be paid to me in the before written Article of Marriage. As witness my hand this 20th January 1796. Pat Cowley my X mark

Witness Edmund Kennaugh

Before me Richard Clague, Keeper of the Manorial Record

[Ref May 1789 #31]

NOTES

  1. Isabel Mylrea was the oldest daughter of John Mylrea and Jane Clark, Ballacooiley
  2. She married Patrick Cowley jnr in 1785 and had 9 children: Jane (1786), Patrick (1788), Isabel (1791), Thomas (1793), Patrick (1796), John (1798), William (1801-1801), Philip (1803), Daniel (1807)
  3. Isabel Cowley als Mylrea died 10/2/1810 aged 46
  4. It is interesting that Isabel's Marriage Portion was £20 while that of her sister-in-law Ellinor Corlett was £250

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