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, …….. ……. 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 ….. …… whereof, and whereupon the said Thomas doth acknowledge unto ……. himself fully satisfied and paid for and ………….the said sum and thereof and of our ………….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 …. and from the said John Cannell, his executors, administrators or assigns in, at or from the …… of Philip and Jacob …. commonly called Magaret 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 ? …………. …………… being the yearly rent of 8 shillings and 11 pence lying, situating and being in KK Michael aforesaid and in the …. and possession of me the said Thomas

To have ……………. …………… ...... ………. 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 .. of a firlett of all …. corn as is ………………… ………………… and of dues to be paid forty for the same, doing all things ……. ……. 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 consents 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 and assigns …………. ………… 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 possession of all and singular the premises against all manner of person or persons …..the right …. or … of the land excepting 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 appertaining and to …………… and other half to the said John and his assigns and thereunto hath subscribed my name and put to my hand and seal the day and year first above written.

Thomas McYlrea mark X seal

Sealed, signed and …. in the presence of Philip Cross, William Saint, John Christian, William Alaclyphe

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. This is the second sale to John Cannel in a period of about 3 years
  2. Notation in Liber Vastarum 1608: Thoms Mcylrea being sicke and unable of himself to manure the ground hath in the presencse 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. Thomas must have died soon after the third transaction. The fact that he was selling was probably an indication of their impoverished state (on several occasions, someone else pledged Thomas's rents) and the fact that they had no children
  4. Ann (Moore) died in 30th December 1600, naming inter alia John, Donald & Averick Mylrea (and no children), presumably these are Thomas's brothers, and John's wife Averick CANNELL. Alternatively, Donald was the son of John & Averick
  5. It is an open question as to the ages of Thomas and Ann. Ann also left her mother something in her will, which would suggest that Ann had not reached elderly years
  6. Thomas and his brother John Mylrea both lived in the treen of Balycrynan
  7. The Manorial Roll for Michael in 1511/1515 shows 4 McGilreas living there: Richard, John, William,& Fynlo - more than in other other parish at the time. By the early 1600s, Thomas (several?), John (several?), Ric, William (several?) held land in MIchael, as well as several women married to men with other surnames
  8. Also several Mylreas from Michael left wills, although whether they were of Thomas's family is unknown:
    • 1595 Johanis Mc ilrea (children William, Johns, Jonet, Donald, Johan)
    • 1600 Will: Ann Mylrea als Moore (wife) (no children?)
    • 1628 Richard (children Thomas, William & Bahie)
    • 1634 Madge Tear als Mylrea
    • 1637 Joney Cannel als Mylrea
    • 1649 Margaret Mylrea als Callister (children William, Ales)
    • 1654 Willliam Mylrea (children Mabel, John, Jane, Richard)
    • 1684 Hugh (only refers to wife)

Associated Documents

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 of Thomas's, 3 of a later generation of John, and 2 for Hugh. However this does not imply generations of the same family

  • 1597 Sale: Thomas McYlrea to John Cannell
  • 1602 Sale: Thomas McYlrea to John Cannell
  • 1603 Sale: John McYlrea to Patrick Cannell (brother?)
  • 1607 Sale: Thomas McYlrea to John Cannell
  • 1663 Sale: John McYlrea to Pat Cally
  • 1667 Purchase: John McYlrea from Robert Freer
  • 1670 Sale: John McYlrea to Adam Callister
  • 1703 Sale: Cath & Hugh McYlera to John Quayle
  • 1718 Sale: Hugh McYlrea to John Christian
Last updated: Jan 2018