WILLIAM MYLREA 1816 Ballaugh


At a special Ecclesiastical Court holden at Ramsey the 7th November 1816

William Mylrea of the parish of Ballaugh having perished at sea on or about the 23rd October last past intestate the Court having received intelligence thereof hath decreed his five children namely William, Ann, Jane, Elinor and Margaret Mylrea co-administrators of all and singular his goods, rights, credits, chattels and effects moveable and immoveable whatever. The said William, Ann, Jane, Elinor and Margaret Mylrea being under age their mother Elinor Mylrea is sworn guardian and supervisor and in trust for them well and truly to administer the estate of the intestate, to exhibit a full true and perfect inventory thereof unto the Episcopal Registry, to pay all his just debts so far forth as the goods will extend and the law bind her and to these ends she hath given pledges in form of law namely John Boyde and Daniel Cowel – John Cain and William Kaneen are sworn guardians and supervisors of the said children.

Decretum est


  1. William Mylrea was the oldest son (and heir-at-law) of Nicholas Mylrea jnr & Margaret als Kneen. He was born Ballaugh 1781
  2. He married Elinor Caine 1807, and had children William (b1812), Ann (b1807), Jane (b1810), Elinor (b1811) and Margaret (b1813). Another child John was born 1817 after William's death
  3. William was drowned in a boating accident in 1816 that also claimed the life of his youngest brother, James
  4. William had received the "family estate" in the form of a Settlement from his parents in 1810 although it is questionable precisely what was to be passed on to William as the estate seemed to be either sold off or mortgaged. He immediately took a mortage of £200 over the estate, perhaps a sign of how deply mired this family was in debt
  5. In 1816, William sold two small pieces of the Ballacorraige for a total of £21/15/-, perhaps to meet his mortgage commitments to Kelly
  6. In 1821, Elinor took out a £25 which was probably went to meeting mortgage commitments
  7. In 1824, Elinor's brothers who were also the guardians of William jnr applied to the Chancery Court of the Isle of Man for permission to incumber Ballacorraige with a sizeable mortgage, in order to pay out existing mortgages, and perhaps a desparate attempt to save the "family estate"
  8. Elinor died in 1828, when her oldest child was 21 and her youngest 8. There is no solid evidence of the fate of any of her children although it seems more than likely that Ann married James Corlett in 1836 in Lezayre
  9. The sizeable mortgage taken out in 1825 was settled in 1851 but by whom is unknown. There is no sign of William jnr living in Ballaugh in 1841 when the first census of the Isle of Man was conducted, nor any census after that

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