MORTGAGE - 1785 (Braddan)

Know all men by these presents that I Daniel Mylrea of the town of Douglas do own and acknowledge myself to be and stand justly endebted to John Taubman of the Bowling Green estate near Castletown in the full and just sum of five hundred and seventy pounds British money to the payment whereof well and truly to be made, done and performed to the said John Taubman, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns with lawful interest at the end of twelve months after date I bind and oblige myself, my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns jointly and severally firmly by these presents and for the said John Taubman his further and better security of the said sum of five hundred and seventy pounds and growing interest I the said Daniel Mylrea with the full and free consent of Leonora Mylrea als Heywood my wife (testified by her being a subscribing party to these presents) have granted, assigned, sett over and mortgaged and by these presents do give, grant, assign, make over and mortgage unto him the said John Taubman, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns all that the whole of my one third part and share of certain parcels of lets of ground whereon the Herring House and concerns situated at the Nunnery How is erected commonly called and known by the firm of Heywood, Mylrea & Company’s Herring House together with all my whole right and interest in the said Herring House and other buildings with all my stock in trade, boats, smacks, goods, chattels, debts, rights, credits and effects of what nature or kind soever which of right appertains and belongs to me as one third concerned and interested in the said copartnery to hold unto him the said John Taubman, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, the whole of my said one third interest and property in the said Herring House with all other the rights, members and appurtenances thereunto pertaining and belonging to all intents and purposes and in as full and ample a manner as I the said Daniel Mylrea might or could hold, possess, and enjoy the same until the said principal money, interests, costs and charges be fully paid and satisfied and in case the said monies are not paid the said John Taubman at twelve months and then and in that case the said John Taubman, his heirs and assigns to sell and dispose of the said hereby granted and mortgaged premises or such part thereof as he sees proper by public cant or auction and with the monies arising from such sale to pay himself the said sum of five hundred and seventy pounds with all arrears of interest and charges and to refund and pay me the said Daniel Mylrea the surplus (if any there be) and for the true performance of this bond and security with all and every the covenants therein contained I the said Daniel Mylrea do bind and oblige myself, my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns in and under the penalty of twelve hundred pounds sterling to be levied and paid according to the laws and customs of this isle. In witness whereof, I the said Daniel Mylrea and Leonora my wife have hereunto set our hands this 29th day of June 1785. Daniel Mylrea, Leonora Mylrea

Signed and delivered in presence of George Charles Whiting, Norris Moore

High Bailiff’s Court 2nd July 1785 This day personally appeared Daniel Mylrea and Leonora Mylrea his wife and acknowledged the beforewritten Bond and Security to be their proper act and deed and that the consideration money therein mention to be fully paid. Before me William Quayle

At a Common Law Court holden at Castle Rushen the 5th day of July 1785 The beforewritten Bond and Security being acknowledged before the High Bailiff of Douglas and now openly published in Court and no objection offered against them the same are therefore ordered to be enrolled upon record at the instance of the mortgagee. R. Dawson, Thomas Moore, John Quayle

A true copy of the beforegoing Deed of Mortgage enrolled in obedience to the beforewritten order. By John Quayle CR[?]

[Ref: Libri Placitorum (Book of Pleas) 1785]


  1. The beginning of the end!
  2. Daniel Mylrea was the son of Thomas Mylrea & Rose Savage, and baptised in Peel 1750
  3. His was the Deemster/Archdeacon/Attorney General line of Mylreas; once possessors of the Dollough estate
  4. He should have become a wealthy man at age 25 when he sold off the Dollough, the Mylrea family estate in Ballaugh left to him by his bachelor uncle, Daniel Mylrea (Deemster)
  5. Daniel was in business in Douglas with Robert Heywood, his brother-in-law, and John Taubman snr. These men were also from Deemster families
  6. Daniel & Robert Heywood were also recorded as shipowners, in 1781, importing goods to Liverpool from Barbados (Ref:Wilks); other documents show that Heywood, Mylrea & Co traded as money lenders for a time
  7. An earlier document shows that Daniel borrowed money in 1782 against the family home in Peel (just 5 years after the sale of the Dollough), and a week after this current mortgage to Taubman snr, he took a large mortgage with John Jonathan Lee, also against the family home in Peel
  8. Not surprisingly, two years later, Taubman foreclosed and Daniel lost the Herring House and other possessions contained in this mortgage
  9. Daniel later borrowed money from the Duke of Athol in 1795, to pay off existing earlier mortgages on his share of the Peel house (Cottier & Lee) but in 1795 he was able to mortgage the entire house (his mother had died in 1791). The house was the family home.

Associated Documents

From Summary of Wills, A Manx Notebook

1799-1 E921 jw TAUBMAN John Castletown;wife Esther; only son John; dau Christian Cunningham w/o major Wm Cunningham (large bequests); gdaus Margt,Isabel + Dorothy Taubman daus of John; gson Major John Taubman; gson John Christian s/o dau Margaret Christian decd; gson Robert Cunningham; names Nicholas Christian s/o Fancis Christian decd; servant David Radcliffe;witt Joshua Redfern,John Cowin John Crellin

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