PURCHASE - 1743 (Malew)

Know all men by these presents that I John Farrant of Castletown with the full and free consent of my wife Margarett divers good causes us hereunto moving but chiefly for and in consideration of the full and just sum of forty shillings of the currency of this Isle half to be paid upon All Hallow and the the other on Paleton[?] by the hands of our loving friend Cath Mylrea of KK Malew

Have given, granted, alienated and sold and do by these presents give, grant, alienate and forever absolutely sell from us our heirs, executors, administrators and assigns unto her the said Cath Mylrea her heirs, executors, administrators and assigns all our right, title, property and interest in or unto a certain house belonging to us situate in place near Ballasally called Crossag with all what belong to us within the said house, the easement at the south end of the said house and a ladder room about the said house sufficient towards thatching the same together with all other easements, liberties, profits, advantages and appurtenances thereunto belonging the same to be of the annual Lord’s rent of one penny

To have and to hold the premises aforesaid unto the said Cath Mylrea and her executors and assigns with all the appurtenances aforesaid she yielding and paying the annual rent aforesaid together with all other dues, duties, suits and services incumbent on the same at the usual times and seasons accustomed and I the said John Farrant and Margarett my wife do covenant and promise to secure the premises unto the said Cath Mylrea and to awarrant and uphold the same against all persons pretending claims thereunto and cause her name to be entered tenant according to law

And I do further engage to do, perform, execute and fulfill any or further act, deed, deal or instrument that the said Cath shall think necessary that shall be requisite in law to strengthen these presents which to all intents and purposes is an absolute sale and conveyance of our right and title of the premises which we now have or hereafter may or shall have to the same and for the punctual performance of all and singular the premises, I the said John Farrant and Margarett my wife do bind and oblige ourselves, our heirs, executors, administrators and assigns in the penalty of ten pounds to be levied according to law In testimony whereof we have hereunto set our names and marks this 20th October 1743 John Farrant my mark X, Margarett Farrant my mark X Signed and delivered in presence of us John Bridson my mark X, Robert Quayle

8th May 1744 John Farrant acknowledged the beforegoing Bill of Sale to be his voluntary act and also to be paid the consideration money therein mentioned. John Bridson and Robert Quayle the subscribing witnesses made other that Margaret Farrant duly executed the same in their presence this before me John Taubman

At a Sheading Court holden at Castle Rushen the 17th May 1744 The beforegoing Bill of Sale being acknowledged and proved before the Deemster and now openly published in Court and no objection offered against it is therefore allowed of and confirmed according to law Dan McYlrea, John Taubman, Charles Stanley, John Quayle, William Christian

[Ref: SSS May 1744 #62]


  1. Fildraw
  2. She was 60 and unmarried when she died, the daughter of John McYlrea & Elizabeth Shimmin born 1697. Buried 11th November 1756
  3. Siblings Elizabeth, Charles,Thomas, Ann, Isabel
  4. She left a bequest to her nephew's wife (Mary McYlrea als Bell als Bridson) but her niece, Ann Norris, daughter of her sister Elizabeth, received the bulk of her estate
  5. This Catherine should not to be confused with an earlier Catherine McYlrea, who was the sister of her father, John McYlrea, and also unmarried
  6. Catherine bought her own cottage in 1744 from John Farrant. She also lent money occasionally, including to her own nephew 1729, so from somewhere, she acquired economic comfort
  7. There is much about the Malew Mylreas of the 1600s and early 1700s that does not hang together so extreme caution must be exercised
  8. For further insights into the Malew Mylreas, please refer to Mylreas in Ballaquaile and Fildraw

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