MARGARET McYLREA als LEWN (Jun) 1738 Douglas

Douglas June 10th 1738

In the name of God amen I Margaret McYlrea als Lewn of the town of Douglas weak in body but of perfect mind and memory praise therefore be given to God do make this my last will and testament in manner following:

First I commit my soul to God and my body to the earth to be decently buried

Item I leave to Elinor Corlett my wearing gown

Item I leave to Mary Quay my red petticoat and the clothes I have about me

item I leave to Catherine Blackburn a plaid quilted petticoat

Item I leave to John Freer's wife a suit of headcloth

Item I leave to my sister Ann Harrison of Dublin two suits of headcloth

Item I leave to my niece Ann Cannell als Lewn my part of the black hood

Item I leave to my husband Thomas McYlrea my part of the best bed which is the bed I lie in and likewise I leave my said husband the benefit of my share or part of the houses and gardens and pewter for ten years and then my son Robert McYlrea to enjoy the houses and gardens and pewter

Item I leave to my son Thomas McYlrea the sum of seven pounds Manks money to be paid him when he comes to the age of twenty-one years by twenty shillings at a time which said sum to be paid him by my executor hereafter named

Lastly all my part of houses, gardens, household goods and all other effects of what kind or nature soever I leave to my son Robert McYlrea who I appoint sole executor of this my last will and testament but in case my said son Robert McYlrea should die without issue that then and in that case my part of the houses and gardens are to fall and descend to my son Thomas McYlrea

Witnesses John Cowley, Philip Lace} jurati

19th September The goods of Thomas McYlrea (being abroard) are in the hands of the executor Robert who gave pledges in form of law ... Thomas McYlrea his father and John Cowley

Probatum est solvit 12d

John Cosnahan

The executor delivers all the outstanding debts to his father who is hereby empowered to sue for the same

May 14 1739 William Cowley enters a claim against the Executors of Margaret McYlrea als Lewn for 7/-

June 5 1739 William Clague enters for 14/-


  1. Margaret Lewn married Thomas McYlrea in November 1717 in Braddan
  2. This Thomas McYlrea might have been the third surviving son of Thomas McYlrea (Ballacooiley), and baptised early 1690s. Older brothers William (½) b1682 and John b1687. Thus Thomas would have been mid-twenties when he married
  3. The 1724 will of Margaret Clague als McYlrea (daughter of Thomas McYlrea, Ballacooiley) had a Thomas McYlrea as a signatory to her probate papers, along with husband William Clague, which might suggest a link between Margaret Clague and Thomas (her ½ brother?). IF Thomas was from Ballacooiley, then he received a small legacy from his young brother William when he died in 1713, and a little more from his older brother John who died in 1738
  4. Thomas McYlrea & Margaret Lewn had children Robert (October 1718), Thomas Meylrea (1720, 1721)
  5. Son Robert died without issue in about 1754. He was on the war ship Worcester
  6. Son Thomas was 17 when his mother died in 1739; he was confirmed in 1737 at St Matthews, Braddan and by 1749, he was married and living in Liverpool. In 1748, a Thomas MULRAY sailor married a Mary Norton on 23rd February in the parish of St Nicholas, Liverpool, information that "fits" Thomas's circumstances during the sale of property in 1749
  7. Margaret McYlrea als Lewn was buried 11th June 1738. Husband Thomas was still alive at the time, and probably alive in 1749 when son Thomas was involved in the sale of his aunt's house. Thomas might have remarried (Margaret Cowin) and lived for several decades more (or was he buried in 1759?)
  8. Margaret had siblings Marriot (Moore), Ann (Harrison) & Robt
  9. The Ann Cannell mentioned by Margaret in her will was her niece (daughter of Robert Lewn). She was later widowed and subsequently married Thomas Corlett. Ann was co-administrator of the 1749 will of her aunt, Ann Harrison als Lewn, with her cousin Thomas McYlrea

Associated Documents

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 - Marriot Lewn (Moore) baptised 1688


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