MORTGAGE - 1780 (Ballaugh)

Know all men by these presents that I John Mylrea of Balla Cooiley in the parish of Ballaugh and Jane Mylrea otherwise Clark my wife divers good causes and reasons us hereunto moving but chiefly and more especially for and in consideration of the just and complete sum of fifty pounds Manks currency already paid and satisfied unto us before the signing and delivery of these presents from the hands of Henry Craine of the said parish have given, granted, alienated, passed over and mortgaged and by these presents do give, grant, alienate and pass over in mortgage unto him the said Henry Crain his heirs, administrators and assigns all and singular that part or portion of our estate of lands situate in said parish of Dollaugh Mooar’s Quarterland commonly known and distinguished by the name of Dollaugh Mooar’s North Flatt and lately purchased by me the said John Mylrea from Daniel Mylrea, gentleman of the town of Douglas and of the yearly Lord’s Rent of nine shillings adjoining to the Quarterland rent of Dollough beg on the east and on the south to the lane or way to the west on the said John Mylrea’s lands and to Balla Craines Flatt on the north to have and to hold unto him the said Henry Craine his executors, administrators and assigns the said premes as the same is already fenced and compassed about with all profits and advantages thereof accruing and in all its ways, waters, easements, liberties and appurtenances in any wise pertaining thereto for and during the term of five years commencing from the day of the date hereof yielding and paying the Lord’s Rent of the premises with all boons, suits and services annually incumbent thereon and in case the said sum be not fully paid and satisfied unto the said Henry Craine his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns at the expiration of said term of five years then and in that case it shall and may be lawful for said Henry Craine his heirs, administrators and assigns to continue possession of said premises one year longer and so on from year to year after until the said sum of fifty pounds be fully paid and satisfied pursuant to the tenor of the Act of Settlement provided nevertheless that we the said John Mylrea and Jane Mylrea my wife are to occupy and reap the benefit and profits of the premises during this demise and we the said mortgagors our executors, administrators and assigns paying unto said Henry Craine his executors, administrators, orders? and assigns the yearly interest of five pounds per cent annum at the expiration of every year during of this demise but in default and failure of such a payment of said interest upon the time prefixed then it shall and may be lawful for him Henry Craine his executors, administrators, orders? and assigns to enter upon and hold and continue the possession of said premises from year to year after until the said principal of fifty pounds with all interest behind and in arrear and all costs and charges attending this mortgage be fully paid and satisfied anything to the contrary notwithstanding And for the faithful and true performance of all and singular this Deed of Mortgage I the said John Mylrea and Jane Mylrea my wife do hereby firmly bind and oblige our selves our heirs, executors, administrators and assigns in the penalty of one hundred pounds sterling As witness our names and marks this 13th day of November 1780 John Mylrea my X mark Jane Mylrea my X mark

Signed and delivered in presence of James Corlett my X mark, Daniel Stephen

23rd November 1780 John Mylrea and Jane Mylrea the executing parties to the within and above Deed of Mortgage acknowledged the same to be their proper act and deed and to be paid the consideration money therein mentioned before me Robert Farrant

At a Court Baron holden at Jurby for the parishes of Michael, Ballaugh and Jurby the 6th December 1780 the before written Deed of Mortgage being acknowledged before the High Bailiff of Peeltown and now openly published in Court and no objection offered against it the same therefore is allowed of for and in the name of the most noble John Duke of Atholl and Lord of the Manor of Mann & the Isles and confirmed by this Court Robert Heywood

I Philip Craine authorised attorney of Henry Craine the beforewritten mortgage as by the annexed Power of Attorney acknowledged before the High Bailiff of Peel appears to hereby acknowledge to be fully paid and satisfied the principal, interest, costs and charges of this Deed of Mortgage and do therefore cancel the same As witness my name this 18th day of June 1783 Witness John Cain Before me Robert Heywood (Deemster)

[Ref: NSM Oct 1780 #7]


  1. John inherited Ballacooiley after his father Thomas died in 1744, although he (John) was only 6 years old. His mother Isabel als Killip and uncle Nicholas Mylrea snr must have kept the farm going until John was old enough to take responsibility. When John's father died, he left his widow Isabel als Killip with two young children and mortgages over parts of Ballacooiley worth over £50 plus interest
  2. John married Jane Clark in 1758, and had 12 children: John (b1759) married Ellinor Corlett, Daniel (b1761) & Mary Hughes, Isabel (b1763) & Patrick Cowley, Jane (b1765) & James Corlett, Margaret (b1767) & Thomas Corlett, Ellinor (b1774) & John Caley, Ann (b1776) & & John Corlett; Thomas (b1769) & Mary (b1772) died of smallpox within days of eachother in 1773; William (b1771), & Thomas (b1779) died in infancy. Wife Jane died 1803
  3. His father had sold and mortgaged parts of his Ballacooiley inheritance during his stewardship of Ballacooiley
  4. The land mortgaged to Henry Craine was known as Dollaugh Mooar's North Flatt, purchased from Daniel Mylrea (John's third cousin) in 1777. Daniel was the son of Thomas Mylrea & Rose Savage born 1750, married Leonora Heywood in 1776. Daniel became the father of Frederick Thomas Mylrea and Mary Ann Mylrea, and later the ahero of the wreck of the Harpooner
  5. To achieve the original purchase of the North Flatt, John had mortgaged the entire Ballacooiley estate. and paid it off in 1782. However, by the end of 1782, John had sold the North Flatt land at what seems like a greatly reduced rate, and another small parcel of land as well, perhaps because the cost of the 1777 purchase outweighed John's ability to pay

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