Will - 1773 (Douglas)

In the name of God Amen

The last will and testament of Thomas Mylrea of the town of Douglas KK Conchan who was a sound mind and memory at the making thereof -

First he committed his soul to God and his body to a Christian funeral.

Second Item He left his son Thomas sixpence legacy.

Item to his son Philip sixpence legacy.

Item to his son Edward sixpence legacy.

Item to his son William sixpence legacy.

Item to his daughter Margaret sixpence legacy.

Item to his daughter Mary sixpence legacy.

Item to his daughter Anne sixpence legacy.

He nominated and appointed his loving wife sole executor of all the rest of his worldly goods and chattels moveable and immoveable.

Witnesses present at the making thereof William Cry my mark X, Jony Cain my mark X

At a Chapel Court holden at Douglas 15th November 1773 The Executor is sworn in Court in form of law and has given pledges for payment of debts and legacies namely Christopher* Waterson of KK Braddan and Philip Mylrea of Douglas, the Executor’s son [ed. *1756 Mortgage Document nominates Christian Waterson]


  1. Thomas married Margaret Cowin about 1739 although no marriage record survives. His first wife Margaret Lewn died in 1738 leaving two son - Robert (1718-c1750) and Thomas (1721)
  2. Thomas & Margaret (Cowin) had six children: Philip (b1741 m Margaret Lewn), Edward (b1743 m Dorothy Faragher als Kewley in Lonan), Margaret (b1746 m John Crow), William (b1749 m Jane Taggart), John (b1753 died soon after), Mary (b1754 married John Cottier), Ann (b1758 did not marry)
  3. Baptismal record for their son William's has "Thomas Mylrea (weaver)" - only record of Thomas's occupation
  4. Margaret Cowin was the daughter of Philip Cowin & Mary Clague. Mary left a legacy to both Margaret and her grandson, Edward; the name Philip, not common in Mylrea clans), recurred in this particular Douglas branch through the generations
  5. Thomas was buried Braddan 22nd October 1773
  6. Could the Margaret Mylrea (widow) who was buried in Braddan 9th July 1782 be Thomas's wife, Margaret als Cowin?
  7. BEST GUESS is that Thomas Mc Ylrea snr originated in Michael, an estimation based solely on the DNA of one of his descendants who has a match much closer to the Irish Mc Elreas than the Ballaugh Mylreas

Associated Documents

Last updated: Dec 2020