Will - 1802 (Ballaugh)

This is affirmed to be the subscribing witness hereof to the last will and testament of Margaret Gawn als Mylroie of the parish of Ballaugh who was of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding when she declared the same

First she committed her soul to God and her body to Christian burial

Secondly she left and bequeathed to her eldest son named John Gawn the sum of five pounds and an ewe yearling to be paid him when he attains the age of nineteen years

Thirdly she declared it to be her will and desire and accordingly directed that her husband John Gawn the executor would put her two sons namely William and James Gawn to trade and supply them with sufficient clothing and washing during the time of their apprenticeship and upon the expiration of that time the sum of four guineaus each

Fourthly she left and bequeathed unto her daughter Margaret Gawn the sum of twenty pounds and the feather bed which formerly belonged to her deceased grandfather John Gawn with bedclothes, and all her shaped linen and woollen clothes

Lastly she nominated, constituted and appointed her said husband John Gawn sole executor of her last will and testament and residuary legatee of all the rest and residue and remainder of her goods, right, credits, chattels and effects moveable and immoveable of what kind or denomination soever

She also left one shilling each to the witnesses hereof

In witness whereof we the witnesses have hereunto set our names and marks this 28th day of August 1802

Witnesses Phillip Corlett my X, Elenor Quayle my X} jurati

At a Chapter Court holden at KK Michael November 22nd 1802

The executor is sworn in Court in form of law and also guardian and supervisor of the children under age and hath given pledges for the payment of debts and legacies namely Nicholas Cannell of Ballaugh and Phillip Corlett of KK Michael

Probatum est

Ewan Christian, John Crellin

Thomas Quirk and Esther Quirk his wife (which Esther was formerly wife to John Gawn deceased, eldest son of Margaret Gawn deceased) appeared at the Registry this 5th May 1823 and acknowledged that the legacy of five pounds and an ewe yearling was paid to John Gawn during his lifetime and they the said Thomas and Esther Quirk do hereby exonerate, acquit and discharge John Gawn the executor, his executors, administrators and assigns of the legacy and of every part thereof. Thomas Quirk, Hester Quirk X

This before me Joseph Brown ER


  1. COLBY - Close Moar
  2. Daughter of David Mylroi snr & Margaret Kermott als Killey, and baptised 1759 Lonan; so about 43 years of age when she died
  3. Her burial is not recorded in Ballaugh or Lonan
  4. Married John Gawne 1784 Lonan
  5. Possibly 5 children, last child 1796 died leaving 4 living:
    • James 1787
    • Margaret 1789
    • John 1792
    • William 1794
    • ? 1796 (no name in baptism record; no record of burial)
  6. Her father left her 10/- when he died in 1796 & her mother left her a blue gown in her 1799 will

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