PURCHASE - 1667 (Michael)

Know all men by these presents that I Robert Freere of Kirk Michael parish, husbandman, did with the full consent and assent of my wife Joney Caine for diverse good causes and valuable considerations us thereunto moving and more especially for and in consideration of the payment of twenty and sixteen shillings of current money of England to us in hand at the writing hereof by John Macyelrea of Kirk Michael aforesaid …. the ….. whereof the said Robert Freer and his now wife doth hereby acknowledge and confess and thereof and of sworn ……… and that all thereof thereof doth freely, ……………., and absolutely acquit, exonerate and discharge the said John Macyelrea, his heirs, executors, and administrators and assigns and every of them forever by these presents, have granted, bargained, alienated and sold and by these presents doth grant, bargain, alienate, absolutely pass over and sell unto the said John Macyelrea, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns forever half a quarter of land or thereabouts be it more or less commonly called and known by the name of Balnarenny and of the yearly rent of eight shillings three farthings single rent together with all every ………… ways, liberties, profits and commodities whatsoever thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining, to have and to hold all and singular the premises and every part and parcel thereof forever by these presents without any manner of lett stopp, hindrance or …… of him the said Robert Freere or his wife Joney Caine, their heirs, executors, administrators and assigns or any other manner of person or persons whatsoever lawfully ..... or claiming the same or any part or parcel thereof. ………………. ……………. that of the abovenamed John Macyelrea do happen to sell, lett or lett the said half quarter of land above …. ……, he the said John Maryelrea is to give a proffer of the lands to Robert Freere or for want of him, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns upon the same value that …… now paid to Robert Freere and if John Macyelrea do build a house or houses on said land, he is at liberty to take the …. away or to have compensation for the same at the same ... .... ... In witness whereof the said Robert Freere and his wife Joney Caine have hereunto put their signs manual 26th of November …….

Robert Freere my mark X, Joney Caine his wife her mark X

Witnesses hereunto John Cannon Summner his mark X, William Corlett his mark X, Hugh Caine his mark X, Patrick Cannell

Robert Freere and his wife hath …. these .... before the witnesses to …… of officer's confirmation to this bargain and to enter the said John Molvar his name at the next Sheading Court.

The within mentioned Robert Freere came and acknowledged that the within mentioned bargain to be his act and deed and adjoined our allowance and confirmation hereof which accordingly is granted this 7th of February ..... by us Richard Stevenson, Thomas Norris, Richard Tydesley

15th July 1667

At the …. of the request of the within John McYlrea this bargain is thus set upon record for the more safety thereof. By me Richard Tyldersley, Ann Roberts

[Ref: Liber Canceller (1666-1671) 1667 p21-22]


  1. John sold this land to Adam Callister three years later
  2. LV 1677 for Michael: This 4s 6d rent was sold by Robt Ffreere son of Jo Freere unto one Jo Mcylrea who since sold it [to] Adam Callister as appears by their sd [?] bill [] confirmed & is in possession & for ye other 4s [? ?] ye right Wm Ffreere grandchild to ye sd Jo [? ?] theirfore all names are entered.
  3. John might have died in Michael in 1675. His last recorded transaction was in 1670 when he observed they were selling because of poverty
  4. If the John who died in 1675 was the vendor, then he was buried with the notation in the parish record "heir to Balemenagh", which is either a quarterland in the treen of Shalghag, an indication that his father was Thomas and his grandfather Rich, or in the treen of Oristall. However, there was no mention of a John in the Oristal family, yet this purchase & subsequent sale are for Rencullyn land, which is immediately to the south of Oristal, while Shalgagh is some distance away
  5. The 1515 Manorial Roll for Michael shows several McGilreas living there: Richard, John, William, Donald & Fynlo - more than in other other parish at the time
  6. The 1691 Composition Book for Michael identifies a Thomas McYlrea and a William McYlrea but no John
  7. In the 1600s, several Mylreas from Michael left wills although whether they were of John's family is unknown:
    • 1595 Johanis Mc ilrea (children William, Johns, Jonet, Donald, Johanis)
    • 1627 Richard (children Christian, Thomas, William & Bahie)
    • 1634 Madge Tear als Mylrea
    • 1637 Joney Cannel als Mylrea
    • 1650 Margaret Mylrea als Callister (children William, Ales)
    • 1654 Willliam Mylrea (children Mabel, John, Jane, Richard)
    • 1684 Hugh (only refers to wife)

Associated Documents

  1. The following land transactions are the only ones surviving for the Mylreas in Michael in the 1600s and have been put together in case someone can make a link between the families. There's a group of 3 relating to Thomas, another 4 relating to John (athough at vastly different times) and 2 for Hugh. However this does not imply generations of the same family
Last updated: Feb 2018