Will - 1796 (Lonan)

Know all men by these presents that I David Mylderoi of the Close Moar in the parish of KK Lonan divers good causes and considerations me hereunto moving but more especially for and in consideration of the love and regard I bear unto my son James Mylderoi

Have given, settled and gifted unto my said son James one half of all my sheep in my present possession and all the sheep that shall be remaining at my decease also do settle, give and gift all my cattle viz horns and cows that may be found being my property to be his absolute property, also all and singular my chattels be they of what kind and nature whatever household furniture, wearing apparel, with outstanding debts to be also his property after my decease, he my said son paying unto his sister Margaret Mylderoi the sum of ten shillings and to the poor of the parish ten shillings, the aforesaid goods he my said son to have and to hold unto him, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns from me, my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns forever and for due performance hereof the parties bind and oblige them, their heirs, executors, administrators and assigns under the penalty of fifty pounds currency of this Isle to be levied according to law.

As witness their subscription this 16th October 1795 David Mylderoi my mark X, James Mylderoi my mark

Witnesses James Alexander, Thomas Cowley

Douglas 17th October 1795 David Mylderoi and James Mylderoi acknowledged the foregoing Deed of Settlement to be their proper act and deed Before me John Cosnahan

At a Chapter Court holden at Douglas on the 12th day of October 1796 The beforegoing Deed of Settlement being attested before the High Bailiff of Douglas district and Daniel [sic] Mylderoi the donor having departed this life the same is accepted as and for his last will and testament and James Mylderoi the donee is sworn executor in form of law and hath given pledges for payment of debts namely John Kewley and John Skillicorn both of Lonan.

Acceptum est

Ewan Christian, William Clucas


  1. ALL COLBY - Close Moar
  2. David's grand parents, David & Margaret, were married in Braddan in 1680 but migrated to Lonan via Maughold and became the "foundation" Mylrea family of the parish
  3. His parents were Richard Meylroy & Isabel Moore, and he was baptised in 1726. His father, Richard, married three times: first to Isabel Moore 1714, second to Ellinor Ffargher 1732-1739; third to Mary Quark 20th July 1740-1749
  4. In his will, Richard named nine children: Richard, Thomas, William, John, David, Margaret, Isabel, Catherine & Ann - John (MYLROI) b1724 & David (MYLROIE) b1727 (first marriage)/ Richard (McLEROY) b November 1736 (second marriage) / Thomas baptised 1743 & William (MYLEROI) b Sept 1746 (third marriage); daughters Margaret MYLRIOYE (1718), Isabel MYLROIY (1721), Catherine & Anne (no baptism record) first marriage - although Anne might be the McYLROY child baptised in 1730 with father Edward (not the first time such a mistake occurred in the parish registers)
  5. Together with older brother John, David became guardian to his step-brother Richard who inherited land on their father's death in 1749
  6. David married Margaret Kermott als Killey married 4th November 1755. They had at least four children: Daniel [b1756-1771], Margaret [b1759], David [b1762] & James [b1764]
  7. From his Articles of Marriage, it would seem that David took no land or possessions into his marriage to Margaret Kermott als Killey, a widow with four children
  8. In 1781, David & Margaret settled Close Moar on their older son, David jnr. Close Moar had ooriginally been contributed by the Killey family to the Articles of Marriage for David & Margaret in 1755, and David snr had expanded that holding in 1766
  9. David, in his will, settled livestock and goods and chattels on second son James who established the Ballacosney holding as his family estate
  10. David was buried 29th May 1796, Lonan (MYLRIOU). He was 70 years of age (his brother lived till he was about 74)
  11. Margarett MYLREOIE als KELLY was buried 26th December 1799
  12. Lonan parish registers from the early 1700s are far from complete so extreme caution must be exercised when attempting to draw conclusions about these families and their relationships

Associated Documents

From Summary of Wills, A Manx Notebook

1761-2 E w KILLEY Margaret WATERSON [bur Lon 17610521]; d 20 May 1761; names Margt Killey d/o James Killey + sd mk's sisters Joney + Jane; gson Thos Kermott; son James gson Wm Kermott; dau Margt; gdau Margt Mylroie; son-i-law Thos Kemott + wife Joney; Joney Killey w/o James KilleY; dau Joney; dau Margt Mylroi (w/o David) execx (+ sevl other named bequests); petn by David

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