PURCHASE - 1661 (Michael)

Know all men by these presents that I Robert Freere of Kirk Michael parish, husbandman, did with the full consent and assent of my wife Joney Caine for diverse good causes and valuable considerations us thereunto moving and more especially for and in consideration of the payment of twenty and sixteen shillings of current money of England to us in hand at the writing hereof by John Macyelrea of Kirk Michael aforesaid laborour the receipt whereof the said Robert Freer and his now wife doth hereby acknowledge and confess and thereof and of every part and parcel thereof thereof doth freely, clearly?, and absolutely acquit, exonerate and discharge the said John Macyelrea, his heirs, executors, and administrators and assigns and every of them forever by these presents, have granted, bargained, alienated and sold and by these presents doth grant, bargain, alienate, absolutely pass over and sell unto the said John Macyelrea, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns forever half a quarter of land or thereabouts be it more or less, commonly called and known by the name of Balnarenny and of the yearly rent of eight shillings three farthings single rent together with all usual ordinary? and ..... ways, liberties, profits and commodities whatsoever thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining, to have and to hold all and singular the premises and every part and parcel thereof forever by these presents without any manner of lett stopp, hindrance or denial? of him the said Robert Freere or his wife Joney Caine, their heirs, executors, administrators and assigns or any other manner of person or persons whatsoever lawfully ..... or claiming the same or any part or parcel thereof. Always provided that if the abovenamed John Macyelrea do happen to sell, lett or lett the said half quarter of land above expressed, he the said John Maryelrea is to give a proffer of the lands to Robert Freere or for want of him, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns upon the same rate that …… now paid to Robert Freere and if John Macyelrea do build a house or houses on said land, he is at liberty to take the same away or to have compensation for the same at the sight of four honest men. In witness whereof the said Robert Freere and his wife Joney Caine have hereunto put their signs manual 26th of November 1661

Robert Freere my mark X, Joney Caine his wife her mark X

Witnesses hereunto John Cannon Summner his mark X, William Corlett his mark X, Hugh Caine his mark X, Patrick Cannell

Robert Freere and his wife hath …. these .... before the witnesses to …… of officer's confirmation to this bargain and to enter the said John Molvar his name at the next Sheading Court.

The within mentioned Robert Freere came and acknowledged that the within mentioned bargain to be his act and deed and adjoined our allowance and confirmation hereof which accordingly is granted this 7th of February ..... by us Richard Stevenson, Thomas Norris, Richard Tydesley

15th July 1667

At the …. of the request of the within John McYlrea this bargain is thus set upon record for the more safety thereof. By me Richard Tyldersley, Ann Roberts

[Ref: Liber Canceller (1666-1671) 1667 p21-22]


  1. Rencullen treen, Balnarenny quarterland
  2. John sold this land to Adam Callister 10 years later
  3. The purchase contract with Freere required John to offer the land back to Freere (or his heirs etc), yet he has sold to Adam Callister. However 1677 LV for Michael shows he did not follow the agreement: "This 4s 6d rent was sold by Robt Ffreere son of Jo Freere unto one Jo Mcylrea who since sold it [to] Adam Callister as appears by their sd [?] bill [] confirmed & is in possession & for ye other 4s [? ?] ye right Wm Ffreere grandchild to ye sd Jo [? ?] theirfore all names are entered.
  4. John was married to Kath Cally (Cowley?) but no record of their marriage survives in either Michael or Ballaugh
  5. Two years after his purchase, John & Katherine sold an intack in Ballaugh LV 1672 "This 1 3/4d chardged on the names of Jo: Quaile & Tho: Kinley as their proporcon (the quest avouching the same) being in the right of Jo: Mcyllrea by the marriage of his wife Kath Cally (as also averred by the said Quest) hath sold [his part forever to] the said Patt Cally (the other .. remaind on the name of Thom Kinley) as appears by bill of sayle confirmed by the officers
  6. Their last recorded transaction was in 1670 when he observed they were selling because of poverty so perhaps the 1663 sale was simply staving off the inevitable
  7. John might have been baptised 1611 (no parents mentioned); he might have had children John 1650 & William 1661 although the John born in 1611 was unlikely to be having children so late in life
  8. John might have died in Michael in 1675. If he did, then he was buried with the notation in the parish record "heir to Balemenagh", which is either a quarterland in the treen of Shalghag, an indication that his father was Thomas and his grandfather Rich, or in the treen of Oristal, the son of William. While it seems more likely that he was the son of William Mylrea of Oristal, the evidence is far from conclusive
  9. The burial record for a Cath Mylrea (Miylrea) of Balnarenney in Michael in 1723 was for Cath, the sister of William Mylrea and Mary (Cannell), children of Hugh, and not the wife of John MacYlrea
  10. The Manorial Roll for Michael in 1495 showed at least 5 and possibly 9 Mc gilreas as tenants in that parish, more than in other other parish at the time yet there is no firm connection between John and any of these Mac gilreas
  11. In the 1600s, several Mylreas from Michael left wills although whether they were of John's family is unknown:
    • 1595 Will: Johanis Mc ilrea (children William, Johns, Jonet, Donald, Johanis)
    • 1627 Will: Richard (children Christian, Thomas, William, Christian, Bahie)
    • 1634 Will: Madge Tear als Mylrea
    • 1637 Will: Joney Cannel als Mylrea
    • 1650 Will: Margaret Mylrea als Callister (children William, Ales)
    • 1654 Willliam Mylrea (children Mabel, John, Jane)

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