SALE - 1670/1 (Michael)

Know all men by these presents that I John Macyelera of the parish of KK Michael with the consent of my wife Catherin Cally for diverse and sundry causes us moving and especially being constrained thereunto by poverty and also chiefly in consideration of the just sum of 3 pounds of lawful money to be paid unto us at or before the feast of Michaelmas next ensuing the date herof at, by and from the hands of our loving friend Adam Callister of the said parish or by his assigns have assigned, surrendered, bargained and sold and by these presents do absolutely assign, surrender, bargain and sell forever unto the said Adam Callister, and to his heirs, executors and assigns half a quarter of land of the yearly rent of 8s commonly called Ballnareny and situated in Kirk Michael with all easements and liberties, profits and commodities all thereunto belonging or in any way appertaining quietly and peaceably without let stop, hindrance or disturbance of us the said John and Catherin nor of our heirs, executors, administrators or assigns nor any other manner of person or persons in our behalf forever, provided always that the said John Macylrea and his wife Catherin do procure the officer’s confirmation hereto at or before the satisfying of the above said payment and also cause the said Adam’s name to be entered in our honourable Lord his booklet for the rent of the said parcel and for the true performance hereof both parties have bound themselves either to other in the penalty and forfeiture of 5 pounds of lawful money the one half to the Lord of the Isle and the other half to the party performing bargain and to acknowledge this to be both party's voluntary act and deed, they have caused their names to be written and thereunto join our marks this 6th of January Anno Domini 1670

John Macylrea his mark X, Catherin Ylria als Cally her mark X, Adam Callister his mark X

Witness hereof Charles Cannell his mark X, Gilbert Corlett his mark X, Thomas Shimmin his mark X, John Kaighin his mark X

It is also agreed upon that the abovementioned John Macylera is to enjoy one day’s ploughing of oat lands and seven buts of barley land of the above mentioned said quarter during his and his wife’s life and at the latter day of the longest liver of them it to return to the said Adam Callister and his assigns. As witness our names and marks subscribed the day and year above written. Adam Callister his mark X, John Ylrea his mark X, Catherine Cally her mark X

I John MacYlrea above mentioned and Catherin Cally do acknowledge and confess ourselves to be fully paid and satisfied in the above 3 pounds due for the lands above expressed by the above said Adam Callister and to witness this to be [a truth?] we have set our names and marks hereunto this 21st of November 1671.

John Ylrea his mark X, Katherin Cally her mark X

At Peeltown the 23rd of May 1672

This day the within John McYlrea came in Court and acknowledged all and singular the within premises (averring likewise to his wife’s consent thereunto) to be their voluntary act and deed and craved our allowance and confirmation thereof which is granted according to the statute providing in that behalf and this by us.

Henry Norris, Richard Tyldersley, Thomas Norris, Edward Christian, Thomas Huddleston, Thomas Norris, William Qualtrough

Entered at the request of Adam Callister. By me Joann Pane, Dep Reg

[Ref: Liber Canceller (1672-1675) 1673 p49-50]


  1. John & Catherin purchased this piece of land in Michael in 1661 from Robert Freere, and then sold it in 1670/1 (this present contract)
  2. The purchase contract with Freere required John to offer the land back to Freere (or his heirs etc), yet he has sold to Adam Callister. 1677 LV 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 been baptised 1611 (no parents mentioned); might have had children John 1650 & William 1661
  4. John might have died in 1675. His last recorded transaction was in 1670 when he observed they were selling because of poverty
  5. 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 (thus his father Thomas and grandfather Rich), or in the treen of Oristall. However, there was no mention of a John in the Oristal family, yet this sale by John is for Rencullyn land, which is immediately to the south of Oristal while Shalgagh is some distance away
  6. In 1600, an earlier couple named John Mcylrea & Catherine Cowley were involved in a dispute in Ballaugh over a wheat crop, with Thomas Quaile & his sister, the upshot being that Thomas received 1/2 of the crop, Catherine received 1/4, and John with Thomas & his sisters received the other 1/4
  7. The Manorial Roll for Michael in 1515 shows several McGilreas living there: Richard, John, William, Donald & Fynlo - more than in other other parish at the time
  8. 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 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
      1. 1597 Sale: Thomas McYlrea to John Cannell )
      2. 1602 Sale: Thomas McYlrea to John Cannell ) = same person
      3. 1607 Sale: Thomas McYlrea to John Cannell )
      4. 1603 Sale: John McYlrea to Patrick Cannell
      5. 1663 Sale: John McYlrea to Pat Cally................ )
      6. 1667 Purchase: John McYlrea from Robert Freer) = same person
      7. 1670 Sale: John McYlrea to Adam Callister.........)
      8. 1703 Sale: Cath & Hugh McYlera to John Quayle)
      9. 1718 Sale: Hugh McYlrea to John Christian .......) = same person
Last updated: Feb 2018