Know all men by these presents that I John Callister of Grawe in the parish of KK Lonan with the consent of Mary Collister als Stoppard my wife divers good causes us hereunto moving but more especially for and in consideration of the sum of fifteen pounds Manks currency unto us fully paid and satisfied before the signing hereof at, by and from the hands of John Mylroie of said parish

Have given, granted, alienated, passed over and sold and by these presents do give, grant, alienate, pass over and forever absolutely sell from us, our heirs, executors, administrators and assigns unto him the said John Mylroie, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns all our right, title, interest and property in and unto a certain meadow and Garee situated and being part of the tenement of our estate of Grawe aforesaid, adjoining on the north side to part of our said estate known by the name of the Flatt or the Little Meadow on the west to Dan Kneal’s Mooney, on the south to likewise a part of our own estate known by the name Talloo Yanaugh and on the east or north-east to part also of our estate known by the name of To Yin being of such Lord’s Rent as the Setting Quest shall settle and allot thereon

To have and to hold the before mentioned meadow and garee with all benefits and advantages thereof accruing and all ways and watercourses thereunto belonging and other the appurtenances thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining unto him the said John Mylroie, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns forever, taking commencement from the date hereof he yielding and paying ……….. the honourable Lord’s Rent with all accustomed dues incumbent on the premises, and the said John Callister and Mary my wife do oblige ourselves, our heirs, executors, administrators and assigns to uphold, awarrant and defend the premises unto the said John Mylroie his heirs or assigns against the pretented claim, challenge, or title of any person or person whatsoever unto the same

And for the faithful and punctual performance of the before mentioned covenants and agreements, we the said John Callister and Mary my wife do firmly bind ourselves, our heirs and assigns in the penalty of fifty pounds sterling to be levied and paid according to law.

In witness whereof we have hereunto set our subscriptions this twenty-third day of May one thousand, seven hundred and fifty-eight 23rd May 1758. John Callister my mark X

Witnesses present at John Callister’s signing John Kelley my mark X, John Stowell

23rd May 1758 John Kelly and John Stowell the subscribing witnesses to the within Bill of Sale made oath upon the Holy Evangelist that John Collister duly executed the same as their proper act and deed. Before me John Taubman

At a Sheading Court holden at Douglas May 17 1759 the before going Bill of Sale being acknowledged before the Deemster and now openly published in Court and no objection offered against it the same is therefore allowed of and confirmed according to law. Basil Cochran, Dan Mylrea, Dan Lace, John Quayle, John Taubman, John Frissell

[Ref N/SSS May 1759 # 43]


  1. Grawe
  2. John was the oldest son of Richard Mylroie & Isabel Moore and baptised 1724; Margaret Clague baptised November 1724, daughter of Finlo
  3. He married Margaret Clague in about 1744, and had several children - perhaps 7 - however, most records of events in this family (esp marriages, burials) have not survived
  4. This purchase, along with another from Callister just one week earlier, was probably to establish a family estate for this Mylroie branch in the treen of Grawe after John and Margaret had sold off their respective inherited lands
  5. Recent DNA studies show that the Mylroies have Viking heritage, as opposed to the Mylreas who are Celtic - his father David was not a Mylrea, despite the similarity in surname
  6. Lonan parish registers from the early 1700s are far from complete so extreme caution must be exercised when attempting to draw conclusions about these families and their relationships

Associated Documents

From Summary of Wills, A Manx Notebook

Mother of Margaret

1725-1 A 11 [Clague] Margaret BREW [bur Lon 17250421] d 13 Apr; mo alive; sis Isabel; husb alive; only dau Margt ua - aunt Isable Brew; in burial reg as Margt Clague als Brew

Father of Margaret

1747-2 E w CLAGUE Phinlo [bur Lon 17471007] d 4 Oct 1747; wife Ann als Stole; unnamed ch; court names Jane, Anne, Ellinor (eldest)

Grandmother of Margaret (Maternal)

1754-3 E d BREW Margaret als KELLY [bur Lon 17540203] d 19 Feb 1754; gdau Margt Clague (w/o John Mylroii) admx [daughter Margaret Brew married Phinlo Clauge 26/11/1723]

Step-mother of Margaret

1776-1 A 4 CLAGUE Ann STOLE [bur Lon 17760202]d 1 Feb 1776; Laxey; dau Jane Callow; dau Ellinor Brew; gdau Elinor Brew, Jane Brew, Cath Clague; son John; dau Ann Clague execx  (Finloe evidently remarried after wife Margaret Brew died in 1725)

Sister-in-law of Margaret

1797A 1 CLAGUE Margaret BREW [bur Lon 17970330] made 29 Mar 1797;3 dau Elinor, Mary + Cath; husb John exec

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