MORTGAGE - 1729 (Malew)

Know all by these presents that I Charles McYlrea with the consent of Margaret my wife divers good causes and considerations us thereunto moving but more especially for and in consideration of the sum of five pounds Manks currency to us in hand paid at or before the signing hereof of and from the hands of our loving aunt Catherine McYlrea now in Ballaquaile all of us within the parish of KK Malew have given, granted, bargained and mortgaged a part of our tenement of Fildraw called and known by the name of Lough Volley unto the said Catherine McYlrea her heirs or assigns for the term and time of five years commencing from Michealmas next ensuing with all ways, waters, watercourses, easements and liberties to the same belonging or any ways appertaining she the said Catherine McYlrea paying yearly and every year such part of proportion of rent as the Setting Quest shall settle thereon and it is conditioned and agreed upon that if in case the agreed sum of five pounds be not truly paid back again unto the said Catherine McYlrea her heirs, executors, administrators or assigns at or before the expiration of the above term that then and in that case the said Catherine McYlrea her heirs, executors or assigns may hold the premises for one year longer and so from year to year thence forward until the said sum of five pounds be fully paid back again to the said Catherine McYlrea her heirs or assigns by us the said Charles McYlrea our heirs, executors or assigns and it is further agreed upon between the said parties that the said Charles McYlrea is to have the premises in his own hands paying yearly and every year unto the said Catherine McYlrea the interest of sixpence English per pound and if in case the said Charles McYlrea and Margaret his wife do neglect to pay the said interest yearly or at the end of every year after the expiration of the above five years that then the said Catherine McYlrea may take the premises unto her own hands and for performance of all the within conditions and agreements the said Charles McYlrea and Margaret his wife doth bind and oblige themselves their heirs, executors, administrators or assigns in the penalty or forfeiture of ten pounds sterling the one half to the Lord of this Isle and the other half to the party performing As witness their hands and marks this 6th of August 1729 Charles McYlrea, Margaret McYlrea her mark X

Signed and delivered in presence of us John Cotteman, William Bridson

6th August 1729 Charles McYlrea and his wife came this day and have acknowledged the above Bill of Mortgage to be their voluntary act and deed before me Charles Moore

At an Abbey Court held at Ballasalley the 16th October 1729 the within Bill of Mortgage being acknowledged before the Deemster and now published in open Court and no objection offered against it the same is therefore allowed of and confirmed according to law Thomas Horton, James Horton, Charles Moore, John Brownell, William Stonier, Dan McYlrea

Catherine McYlrea came this day and acknowledged to have had and received from Charles McYlrea the full consideration money mentioned in this mortgage and all other charges attending the same and thereupon cancels this mortgage Witness her name this 7th November 1734 Catherine McYlrea her mark X

Before me William Stonier (compt)

Witness William Curphey

[Ref: SSM Oct 1729 #36]


  1. Fildraw
  2. Charles was the older son of John McYlrea & Elizabeth Shimmin, baptised 1687, and heir to the Fildraw estate
  3. His siblings: Elizabeth (married Thomas Norris) b1686, Thomas (married Jony Kinley) b1689, Ann (married Thomas Cain) b1694, Cath (unmarried) b1697, Isable (married Thomas Quackin, Robert Shimmin) b1701
  4. Charles's wife was Margaret Kewley?; their children born in Malew - Charles jnr 1718, Elizabeth (1721-1725), John 1726, William (1728-1748)
  5. This mortgage was settled within the 5 year time frame specified. He had previously sold a field for £40 which was a large sum in those days and suggested a large piece of Fildraw was involved
  6. There were several contracts over a few years in which parts of Fildraw were mortgaged or sold, the first five undertaken by Charles's father, John. They tend to collectively suggest that Charles (and perhaps his parents) were pressed financially.
  7. Charles's mother Elizabeth als Shimmin died at much the same time as this mortgage. She left whatever she had to her youngest daughter, Isabel Quackin
  8. The aunt named Catherine McYlrea in the mortgage should not be confused with Charles's sister also named Catherine. Both women remained spinsters and both seemingly financially comfortable
  9. There is much about the Malew Mylreas of the 1600s and early 1700s that does not hang together so extreme caution must be exercised
  10. For further insights into the Malew Mylreas, please refer to Mylreas in Ballaquaile and Fildraw

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