SALE - 1728 (Douglas)

Know all men by these presents that Robert Lewn of the town of Douglas, glover, and Mary his wife and Thomas McYlrea of the said town and Margaret his wife for and in consideration of the sum of sixteen pounds Manks value to them in hand paid before the signing and delivery of these presents at, by and from the hands of their loving brother Thomas Harrison of the town of Dublin the receipt of the said sum they do hereby acknowledge have given, granted, bargained, passed over, alienated and sold and by these presents do give, grant, pass over, alienate and forever absolutely sell unto the said Thomas Harrison his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns all their right, interest and title in and unto a certain house, shade and garden that fell due unto us by the death of Marriot Moor als Lewn being cottage rent situate, lying and being in the town of Douglas and of the yearly rent of a penny farthing be it more or less and adjoining to the rent of John Lewn towards the west and the rent of the said Thomas McYlrea towards the east as the bounds of the same are already set forth and well known

To have and to hold unto him the said Thomas Harrison, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns the said house, shade, garden and other their appurtenances forever, together with all ways, waters, watercourses, easements, liberties and commodities to the premises belonging or in any ways appertaining, he the said Thomas Harrison, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns yielding and paying our honourable Lord’s Rent as annually due and payable out of the premises at the times and seasons usual with all boons, customs and services payable out of the same and further the said Thomas Harrison doth for himself, his executors and assigns covenant and agree that in case the said premises are to be sold any time hereafter that then the said Robert Lewn and Thomas McYlrea, their executors and assigns, are to have the same forty shillings cheaper than any other person and the said Robert Lewn and Mary his wife, and Thomas McYlrea and Margaret his wife, further promise and oblige themselves to procure the worshipful Court’s confirmation to this Deed of Sale and to do, perform, execute and fulfil all such further acts and things needful and necessary to be done according to the laws and customs of this Isle

And for the true and punctual performance of all and singular the covenants and conditions made and mentioned in the before going Deed of Sale the said Robert Lewn and Mary his wife, and the said Thomas McYlrea and Margaret his wife, do bind and oblige themselves, their heirs, executors, administrators and assigns in the penalty and forfeiture of forty pounds sterling to be levied according to law.

Witness their hands and seals this 19th day of December 1728 Robert Lewn my mark X, Mary Lewn my mark X, Thomas McYlrea, Margaret Mcylrea my mark X

Signed and delivered in presence of John Claige my mark X, John Lewn my mark X

22nd May 1729 All the subscribing persons to the within and above Bill of Sale came and have acknowledged the same to be their voluntary act and deed before me Charles Moore

At a Sheading Court holden at Douglas the 13th day of October anno domini 1729

The within mentioned Bill of Sale having been acknowledged before the Deemster and now published in open Court and no objections being offered against it therefore the same is allowed of and confirmed according to law. Thomas Horton, James Horton, John Brownell, William Stonier, Dan McYlrea, Charles Moore

[Ref SSS Oct 1729 #15]


  1. Mapping by Nigel Crowe shows that this cottage allotment was on Barrack St, with neighbours in 1705 Richard Killey (and Jane Mc ylrea), Robert Joyner (and Margaret Mc ylrea), Philip Higgin (and Jane Mc ylrea) and Thomas Mylroi. The Killey, Joyner and Higgin families were connected via their Mylrea women but Thomas Mc ylrea has no proven links to any of them
  2. Margaret McYlrea, wife of Thomas, was a Lewn. She married Thomas McYlrea in Braddan in 1717. They had two surviving sons, Robert (b1718) and Thomas (b1721)
  3. Robert Lewn jnr her brother married Mary Kinrade and they already "owned" allotments 14/11, 15/10
  4. This contract was for cottage #112 a 6d rent that had been in the Lewn family before 1700. Involved in this sale were Margaret and her siblings - Robert & Ann (Harrison). The purchaser, Thomas Harrison, was the husband of Ann; the Harrisons lived in Dublin
  5. Their mother Ann Lewn als Cannell had left her half in the family's Douglas cottage to her daughters Margaret & Marriot; Margaret had already received the other half from her father's will. This cottage was a 6d rent, in which Ann Lewn als Cannell had held a half share (3d) and Margaret had received the other half (3d)
  6. After Ann Lewn als Cannell died, the division of rents became Margaret (4½d) & Marriot (1½d)
  7. Marriot died 4 years after her mother and her share of the cottage (a quarter) was then distributed amongst her siblings Robert (1/12), Ann (1/12) and Margaret (1/12 [+ 1/2 share from her father])
  8. This contract is for the 1½d share in the Lewn cottage (held by Robert, Ann & Margaret) - that is, buying what Mariot left to Robert, Margaret & Ann - while Margaret retained her majority share (4½d). This purchase by the Harrisons "uncomplicated" the 1½d share, by placing it entirely into the Harrison's hands
  9. Twenty years later, Margaret's son Thomas jnr was co-administrator of the estate of his aunt, Ann Harrison als Lewn, in 1749 and the property in this 1728 contract was the rent that Thomas had jointly inherited from his aunt in 1749, shared equally with his cousin Ann Lewn, the daughter of Robert Lewn. The neighbours in both contracts were the same although the direction of their abodes was different. Thomas jnr immediately sold his "Harrison" share to the other administrator Ann
  10. Four years later, Thomas jnr gave his father Thomas snr half of the share that Thomas jnr had inherited from his mother Margaret Lewn and sold the other half to Philip Quirk. After that, no trace of Thomas jnr can be found on the isle of Man
  11. In 1748, a Thomas MULRAY sailor married a Mary Norton on 23rd February in the parish of St Nicholas, Liverpool. This marriage date and the names would fit the son of Thomas McYlrea and Margaret Lewn, b1721
  12. Thomas snr had married again after the death of his wife Margaret Lewn, and soon after the 1753 Settlement from his son, he sold his share to Ann (Curlett) the other administrator of Ann Harrison's will. Except for a very small portion, the entire allotment involved in this current contract was in the hands of Thomas jnr's cousin, Ann Curlett als Cannell als Lewn
  13. BEST GUESS is that Thomas Mc Ylrea snr originated in Michael, an estimation based solely on the DNA of one of his descendants who has a match much closer to the Irish Mc Elreas than the Ballaugh Mylreas

Associated Documents

Also from Summary of Wills, A Manx Notebook

1714-2 E w LEWN Robert d 16 Jun 1714;Douglas; ch Robt (his shaper?, skinner or leather mangle and []), Mariot(20s), Ann(20s), Margt exex (his half of house + garden - she best deserves it); gch Ann Lewin; wife alive; 1714: Ann Harrison als Lewn acks sister Margt Lewine (Douglas) for 20s; 1724: Mariot Lewin acks

1724-1 A 10 LEWIN Ann Cannell bur 19 Apr 1724; ch Ann (in Dublin), Margt (+ ch Robt + Tho) + Mariot (her part of dwelling house + garden between 2 daus- jt exexs), Robt;

1728-2 E d MOORE Marriot LEWN d 6 oct; sibs Robt Lewn, Margt McYlrea als Lewn, Ann Harrison als Lewn jt admrs; husb alive

1775-3 E w CORLETT Ann lewin ? d 1 jun 1775; husb Thomas exec; dau Ann Quirk



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