1849 - Will (Douglas)

This is the last will and testament of me Margaret Mylrea widow and relict of Edward Mylrea of Douglas deceased being of sound mind, memory and understanding at the making hereof.

I give devise and bequeath unto my son Edward Mylrea all and singular my right, title and interest to and in certain houses, lands and premises situated in Castle Street in Douglas aforesaid wherein I now reside and extending from the said street to the north-west to the sea shore in the south-east to have and to hold unto the said Edward Mylrea, his heirs and assigns the said premises with the appurtenances from and after the time of my decease forever.

I give and bequeath to my said son Edward Mylrea the sum of twenty pounds as legacy.

I give and bequeath to my daughter Elinor, wife of Richard Curphey, all my wearing apparel.

I give and bequeath to each claimant interested in this my will one shilling legacy.

I do hereby nominate. constitute and appoint my three daughters namely Margaret now wife of James Wilson, Eleanor now wife of Richard Curphey, and Jane now wife of William Moore joint executices of this my will and residuary legatees of my estate of every name and description whatever hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me at any time made confirming this paper writing as and for my whole and sole last will and testament in testimony whereof I have hereunto affixed my mark to my name this eighteenth day of February one thousand eight hundred and forty five 1845 Margaret Mylrea her X mark

Signed, published and declared by the testatrix as and for her last will and testament in presence of us Robert Corteen, Daniel Kneal

At a Chapter Court holden at Douglas the eighteenth day of May 1849 Robert Corteen and Daniel Kneal the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing will having made oath on the Holy Evangelist that Margaret Mylrea the testatrix when of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding duly executed the same in their presence as and for her last will and testament. William Moore husband of Jane one of the executrices of the said will named is by consent in trust for himself and co-executors thereunto sworn well and truly to fulfil and execute said will according to law, to pay all just debts, legacies and funeral expenses of the testatrix so far forth as the goods and effects will thereto extend and the law bind him and to return to the Archdeacon's Registry a full, true, perfect inventory of said goods and effects with an accurate account of his acts and proceedings in the premises when thereunto lawfully required and to these ends he hath given pledges in form of law namely Thomas Mylrea and Thomas Quay both of Douglas in the parish of Braddan who have executed a bond to that effect bearing equal date herewith.

Probatum est



  1. Margaret Mylrea als Christian was the widow of Edward Mylrea, sea captain, of Castle Street, Douglas
  2. Her will appears to completely overturn the joint will she made with her husband in 1839. However the grandson to whom their "estate" was originally left was killed in 1840 in an accident at work when he was only 15 and so the family's legacy was then directed to their son, also named Edward
  3. Margaret's husband Edward was the oldest son of Edward Mylrea & Dorothy Fargher als Kewley, and baptised 1767, Lonan
  4. Edward's brother Thomas was a tailor in Lonan, who later moved to Douglas and was one of the bondsmen in Margaret’s probate
  5. Children: Edward (1796), Margaret (1800), Eleanor (1803), Jane (1805), Thomas (1810-1810)
  6. Son Edward married Eleanor Curphey 1822, was a shoemaker. They went to live in Liverpool
  7. Daughter Margaret married James Wilson 1834
  8. Daughter Elinor married Richard Curphey, a tailor, and they too went to live in Liverpool
  9. Daughter Jane married William Moore 1838. He was the applicant to the Courts for probate of Margaret’s will
  10. Family of Edward Mylrea the shoemaker outlined in a US blogspot (copy & paste into Google)

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Last updated: Dec 2020