SALE - 1607 (Michael)

That I Thomas Mylrea of the parish of KK Michael within the Isle of Man do confess and acknowledge myself by these presents for diverse good causes and considerations but especially for and in consideration of the sum of eight pounds of current lawful English money to me already in hand paid by John Cannell of the said parish before the date hereof whereof and whereso that the said Thomas doth acknowledge and confess myself fully satisfied, contented and paid for, and concerning the said sum and thereof and ..... ..... ... and of …. part and parcel thereof doth acquit, exonerate and discharge the said John Cannell his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns firmly forever by these presents do give, grant, bargain, alienate, clearly and absolutely sold from me the said Thomas Mylrea, my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns all the right, title,interest, claim, possession and covenant right that I now have, heretofor have had, or hereafter might, ought or should have unto one quarter of ground commonly called and known by the name of Balecrinan and of the yearly rent of seventeen shillings and nine pence situating, lying and being within the said parish together with all houses, buildings, meadows, commodities and ... and appertenances whatsoever to the said quarter belonging or in any wise appertaining unto the said John Cannell, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns forever as appeareth by two .... bill of sale under my hand, a bill for other half quarter and I do confess myself bound in the penalties and forfeiture set down in the said bills to perform all bargains and covenants mentioned and specified in the said bills those bearing date the first day of June in ano dui 1597 and the other bearing date the 15th day of June in ano dui 1602.

And to witness this to be my own act and deed I have hereunto put my sign manual this 21 day of February in ano dui 1607.

Thomas Mylrea his mark X

Witness thereof Hugh Cannell minister, John Caine, William Garrett, John Cannell

This is a true copy of the orginal and at the humble part of John Cannell his for better safety thereof record. Recorded, ..... by us. William Molineux, William Clucas, Ewan Christian

[Ref: Liber Canceller 1608 p14 MNHLA]


  1. This is the third sale to John Cannel over a period of about a decade. After this third one, 1608 Liber Vastarum noted:
  2. Notation in Liber Vastarum 1608: Thomas 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 had pledged Thomas's rents) and the fact that they had no children
  4. The first sale was for half a quarterland, the second also for half a quarterland, and the third for a full quarterland, meaning that (a) Thomas was in possession of two full quarterlands in Balycrynan, and (b) that his annual rents would have been about 53s 6d according to Lib Vast, although the "sum" don't quite square with actual sale documents, which suggest the total rents would have been in the order of 35s 6d. On the other hand, Thomas sold all of his lands for much less than the annual rental which meant he was selling cheaply
  5. Balycrynan 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
  6. Thomas was married to Ann Moore, perhaps in the mid 1550s although there is no evidence 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
  7. Ann (Moore) died in 30th December 1600, naming inter alia John, Donald & Averick Mylrea (and no children), presumably these are Thomas's brothers, and Averick CANNELL, John's wife Alternatively, Donald was the son of John & Averick
  8. John Mylrea also lived in the treen of Balycrynan and must have been a relative - brother perhaps or descendant of another of the early Mylrea occupants of the treen. The Manorial Roll for Michael in 1511/1515 showed 3 Mcgilreas living there: Richard, John & William. With Thomas's sales (1597, 1602, 1607), and John's in 1603, the Mylreas had left the treen forever
  9. 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 Christian, 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)
    • 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 in Balycrynan, 3 of a later generation of John in Rencullyn, and 2 for Hugh which were for a cottage rather than land. Apart from Thomas & John However this does not imply generations of the same family:

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