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. Margaret McYlrea was a Lewn. This contract involved her and her siblings - Robert & Ann (Harrison). The purchaser, Thomas Harrison, was the husband of Ann; the Harrisons lived in Dublin
  2. The property being sold belonged to another Lewn sibling, Marriot (Moore) who died in 1728 and nominated her siblings as administrators
  3. Robert Lewn jnr married Mary Kinrade and they "owned" allotments 14/11, 15/10. See for more detail of allotments in Douglas
  4. Margaret Lewn married Thomas McYlrea in Braddan in 1717. They had two surviving sons, Robert (b1718) and Thomas (b1721)
  5. Twenty years later, son Thomas was co-administrator of the estate of his aunt, Ann Harrison als Lewn, in 1749 and the property in this 1728 contract was most likely the same one that Thomas jointly inherited from his aunt in 1749. The neighbours were the same although the direction of their rents was different. Thomas immediately sold his share to the other administrator (and his cousin), Ann Corlett, the daughter of Robert Lewn
  6. 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
  7. The "neighbour" Thomas McYlrea in the 1749 contract was most likely the current vendor which means he was still alive in 1749. Had he remarried after the death of his wife, Margaret Lewn?

Associated Documents

Also from Summary of Wills, A Manx Notebook

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


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