JOHN MYLROY 1798 Will Lonan


This is affirmed to be the last will and testament of John Mylroy of the parish of KK Lonan who departed this life on the 28th of June 1798 he being then sick and feeble in body but of sound disposing mind, memory and understanding. First he committed his soul to God and body to Christian burial and as concerning his worldly estate, he disposed and devised them in manner and form following:

In the first part, he left and bequeathed to his own children half a crown Manks to each of them.

Lastly he nominated, appointed and ordained his loving wife Margaret Mylroy whole and sole executrix of all the rest and residue of his effects both moveable and immoveable of what kind, nature or denomination soever.

Witnesses Thomas Kneale my X, Catherine Kneale ] jurati

At a Chapter Court holden at Douglas June 5th 1799 The Executrix is sworn in Court in form of law and hath given pledges for the payment of debts and legacies namely Thomas Kneale the witness and John Kelly of Lonan.

Probatum est

Ewan Christian, John Crellin


  1. Grawe
  2. No burial record but he would have been about 74 years of age when he died. His brother David lived until he was 70
  3. John was the oldest son of Richard Meylroy & Isabell Moore and baptised in 1724
  4. It is surprising that John, as the oldest son, did not inherit the family estate - step brother Richard apparently did, and the 1757 sale confirms
  5. His mother left him her half of the lands possessed by Richard & Isabell so he had a small start in life
  6. John's grand father, David, was the "foundation" Mylroie in Lonan even though he & wife Margaret Cowne were married in 1680 in Braddan and had their children there. David probably came from Maughold, and his family was certainly there in the early 1700s. However, he and his wife Margaret were living in Lonan after the marriage of their daughter there in 1709
  7. John's father, Richard, married three times: first to Isabel Moore 1714, second to Ellinor Ffargher 1732-1739; third to Mary Quark 20th July 1740-1749
  8. In his will, Richard named nine children: Richard, Thomas, William, John, David, Margaret, Isabel, Catherine & Ann
  9. Of those 9 children, John (MYLROI) b1724 & David (MYLROIE) b1726 (first marriage)/ Richard (McLEROY) b November 1736 (second marriage) / Thomas b1743 & 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)
  10. Together with brother David, John was guardian to his step-brother Richard who inherited land on their father's death in 1749. John helped Richard jnr sell the land he had inherited in 1757, when he was 21 years of age
  11. John married Margaret Clague, the daughter of Phinloe Clague & Margaret Brew. Margaret had benefited from her father's will (1747), and her mothers (1725) and her grandmother's (1754)
  12. He and Margaret had several children - perhaps 7 - however, most records of events in this family (esp marriages & burials) have not survived. Unfortunately, he simply referred to "his own children" in his will, and it is impossible to determine who might have still been alive, except for his oldest son, Thomas, who received the family estate in his Marriage Contract 1773
  13. 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

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