Will - 1869 (Lonan)

originally submitted by Shirley C. Hogensen to Brian Lawson

Lonan 1869 No 98

In the name of God Amen I Robert Mylroie of Laxey in the parish of Lonan do hereby make this my last will and testament in way and manner following:

I leave and bequeath unto four of my children namely Thomas, Ann the wife of John Cowley, Eliza the wife of Wm Fargher and William Edward one shillings each.

I leave devise and bequeath unto my wife Catherine Mylroie otherwise Kneale and unto my daughter Eunice the wife of Thomas Kewley all and singular the whole of my right and title of and unto the house garden and premises situated in Laxey wherein I now reside, to be possessed and enjoyed by them and their heirs and assigns for ever after my decease equally between.

I leave devise and bequeath unto my wife Catherine Mylroie aforesaid all and singular a parcel of land situated in Colby in said parish of Lonan with the houses erected thereon called and known by the name of Crotten Couney and joining the rent of Thomas Mylroie on the north Croughens land on the east and the estate of Ballacowin on the south and west the fore said premises is intact land and to be possessed by my said wife Catherine Mylroie and her heirs and assigns for ever after my decease with all privileges belonging to the same.

Lastly I nominate and appoint my said wife Catherine Mylroie my whole and sole executrix of all the remainder of my goods chattels and effects of what kinds of denomination soever and I revoke all former wills ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament as witness my name and mark this the 16th day of December 1868. Robert Mylroie his x mark.

Pronounced and signed in present of John Killip and Thos Corlett

At a Chapter Court held at Douglas on the 29 day of October 1869. Diocese of Sodor and Man John Killip and Thomas Corlett the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Robert Mylroie unto the parish of Lonan deceased having made oath upon the Holy Evangelist that the said Robert Mylroie the testator when of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding duly an after the said had been --------- duly execute the same by writing ---------- as and for his last will and testament in the presence and that they at the same time in his presence and in the presence of each other subscribed the same as attestation thereof. Catherine Mylroie the widow of the testator and the executrix named in the said will as therefore same well and truly to fulfil and execute the said will and to administer the personal estate and effect of the said deceased according to said by paying the just debts and funeral expenses of the decease and the legacies contained in the will so far forth as his estate and affects will thereto extend and the law bind her and to return unto the Episcopal Registry of the Isle and Diocese of Sodor and Mann in full true and perfect inventory of all and singular the said estate and effects with an accurate account of his administration thereof when thereunto lawfully required and to these ends he hath given pledges namely John Killip and Thomas Corlett in the parish of Lonan who herein executed and entered the usual bond in the presence of the court.

Probatum est

R. Jebb


  1. COLBY
  2. Youngest son of David Mylroi jnr & Catherine Quayle, and baptised 1811 Lonan
  3. Married three times and had 13 recorded children of whom 7 survived to adulthood
  4. Marriages: (1) Margaret Kewley 1834, 7 children; (2) Mary Gawn 1847, 2 children; (3) Catherine Kneale abt 1851, 4 children
  5. Father David jnr had settled Close Moar, the family estate on oldest brother James snr in 1829, then made a Settlement to Robert, in 1833, perhaps because he was caring for his parents in their old age
  6. In his will, Robert makes no mention of his children with Catherine, of whom 2 were alive when he died (Isabella & Jacob)
  7. In 1860, Robert encumbered the estate and by 1881, the debt had grown to £188/10/0, bolstered by at least one additional borrowing by his widow, Catherine
  8. The level of debt forced the eventual sale of the property in 1885, the purchasers just happened to be the trustees of the Lodge to whom the debt was owned. However, their purchase was in their own name and not as the trustees of the Lodge

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