Articles of Marriage covenanted and agreed upon this 16th of July 1708 between John Norris of Ballasalley on the behalf of his son Thomas Norris on the one part and Thomas Molleryea on the behalf of sister Iseble Molleryea upon the other party as followeth It is agreed upon and between the said parties that the said Thomas and Isable shall meet at their parish church and there be joined in the state of matrimony (God and holy church permitting) It is concluded and agreed upon between the said parties that John Norris doth promise and give unto his said son Thomas half of his houses and garden now in possession and the other half after his death and the foresaid Thomas and Isable is to give unto the said John Norris their father the sum of seventy-seven shillings and the said sum to be satisfied and paid at or before the expiration of four years and the said John doth give unto his said son half of all his household goods but only a chest and the clothes that is in it he having it unto himself and he doth also give him one cow and the half of 100 cows and the said Thomas & Isable doth bind and oblige themselves to take care of the said John Norris and to maintain him with sufficient meals and drink and all other necessaries such as the wife themselves during his natural life It is also agreed upon by and between the foresaid parties that Thomas Molleryea doth promise and give unto his foresaid sister 1 heifer of the age of 100[!] years And for the true and faithful performance of all the within written articles all the parties have bound themselves in the penalty or forfeiture of ten pounds the one half to Right Honorable Lord of this Isle and the other half to the parties performing In witness hereof we have set our hands and marks the day and above written John Norris my mark X, Tho Molleryea my mark X, Tho Norris my mark X, Isable Molleryea mark X

Witnesses present John Quayle my mark X, John Cotteman

[Ref: SSS Malew No3 #20]


  1. Fildraw
  2. "Isabel" McYlrea was married as Elizabeth McYlrea and referred to as such in later documents
  3. Elizabeth's parents were John McYlrea & Elizabeth Shimmin. She was born 1686 and siblings Charles (married Margaret Kewley) b1687, Thomas (married Jony Kinley) b1689, Ann (married Thomas Cain) b1694, Cath (unmarried) b1697, Isable (married Thomas Quackin, Robert Shimmin) b1701
  4. Her father John was heir to the Fildraw estate which was originally compounded by her grand father Thomas in 1666
  5. Elizabeth's parents were still alive when her Marriage Contract was drawn up so it's surprising that her brother younger Thomas conducted the family's affairs. He would have been 19 years of age, and was also the second son
  6. Father died in 1727, disinheriting her and her siblings, except for his second son, Thomas
  7. Elizabeth & Thomas Norris had two children, Ann & Robert
  8. The Norris family resided in Ballaquaile, and it was here that Elizabeth's uncle Thomas (widower of Catherine McYlrea als Bell) and unmarried sister Catherine died
  9. Her uncle Thomas left her 10 shillings; her sister Cath left the bulk of her estate to Elizabeth's daughter, Ann
  10. There is much about the Malew Mylreas of the 1600s and early 1700s that does not hang together so extreme caution must be exercised
  11. For further insights into the Malew Mylreas, please refer to Mylreas in Ballaquaile and Fildraw

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