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 ….. the said sum and therof and ..... ..... ... and of …. part and parcek 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, ….. 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 or could have unto one quarter of ground commonly called and known by the name of Baleshrinin 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 as appeareth by ........... .... bill of sale under my hand, a bill for other half quarter and I do confess myself bound in the penalty 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 …. Cannell minister, John Caine, William Garrett, John Cannell

This is a true copy of the orginal and at the humble … 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 in a period of about a decade. The first one involved Thomas's wife, Ann Moore, who died in 1600, and the other two were Thomas alone. This third event probably completes the process of selling their entire Quarterland in the Treen of Balycrynan to John Cannell over that time
  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 had pledged Thomas's rents) and the fact that they had no children
  4. 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
  5. In her will, Ann named John, Donald & Averick Mylrea, presumably these are Thomas's brothers, and John's wife Averick CANNELL. Alternatively, Donald was the son of John & Averick
  6. Thomas and 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

Last updated: Jan 2018