Know all men by these presents that I John Callister of the parish of KK Lonan with the joint consent and assent of Mary Callister als Stoppar my wife divers good causes and considerations us hereunto moving but more especially in and for the consideration of the full and entire sum of five and eighty pounds Manks currency of this Isle already paid unto us, said John Callister and wife at, by and from the hands of our friend John Meyleroie of the said parish, the receipt of which sum we do hereby acknowledge to be paid and satisfied

Have given, granted, bargained, passed over and sold and do by these presents give, grant, bargain, pass over and forever absolutely sell from us, our heirs, executors, administrators and assigns unto him the said John Meyleroie himself, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns all the right, title and property that we now have or hereafter may have unto parcels of our tenement Grau Callister situated in the parish aforesaid, known by the names Booilley Goin adjoining the flat on the west, and to the thorn on the north-west, the field called the Crott Jag adjoining the rent of John Quark on the north-east, the field next to it called Tallow Keimfort adjoining squage on the east, the field next to that called the field below Claugh Curr adjoining squage, and Tallow Garragh on the east and south-east, and to the said Callister’s own rent the Garry on the south, and the meadow on the south and south-west, the field called the Cooil Vane adjoining to the flat on the west and do extend to the foresaid Booilley Goin on the north situated in the said parish, commencing from the date hereof

We the said John Callister and Mary my wife do hereby oblige ourselves to give full and peaceable possession of all these premises unto the said John Meyleroie with what rent the Setting Quest of the parish shall proportion annually on the said premises to be paid by the said John Meyleroie himself, his heirs, executors, administrators or assigns, he the said John Meyleroie to have and to hold the said parcels of Quarterland with all ways, waters and watercourses, easements and liberties and advantages to the same in any wise belonging unto said John Meyleroie, his heirs, executors and assigns without the Lett Stop or hinderance of either of us the said John Callister or Mary my wife or any other person claiming right in our behalf unto the said parcels, he the said John Meyleroie paying what annual rent the Setting Quest shall settle thereon to the honourable Lord of this Isle at the times and seasons accustomed, together with the proportion of the boons, dues, duties and services that annually fall incumbent on the same

We the said John Callister and Mary my wife do hereby oblige ourselves, our heirs, executors, administrators and assigns to procure the honourable Court’s confirmation to this Bill of Sale and the said John Meyleroie name to be entered as proper tenant for the said parcel upon record and to do all other things necessary for the further security of the said John Meyleroie and to uphold and maintain harmless in any loss or damage that may ensue upon the premises by any person or persons that do pretend right to the said parcels in our behalf

And for the true and faithful performance of all the articles herein contained, we the said John Callister and Mary Callister als Stoppar do hereby bind ourselves, our heirs, executors, administrators and assigns in one hundred and seventy pounds sterling to be levied according to law in the nature of all other fines within this Isle.

For testimony hereof we have hereunto set our names and marks this 4th of January 1758. John Callister my mark X, Mary Callister als Stoppar her mark

Signed and delivered in presence of us William Quill jnr my mark X, Patrick Killey my mark X

23rd May 1758 William Quill jnr and Patrick Killey the subscribing witnesses to the within Bill of Sale made oath upon the Holy Evangelist that John Callister and Mary Callister alias Stopper duly executed the same as their proper act and deed. Before me John Taubman

At a Sheading Court holden at Douglas May 23rd 1758 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 Oct 1758 #69]



  1. Grawe - Ballacallister
  2. John was the oldest son of Richard Mylroie & Isabel Moore and baptised 1724; Margaret Clague baptised Nov 1724
  3. John married Margaret Clague, probably around 1744 and they had several children - perhaps 7 - however, most records of events in this family ( esp marriages, burials) have not survived
  4. This purchase, along with a later onethe same year, also with John Callister, was established the family estate of this Mylroie branch in the treen of Grau
  5. John had, in 1757, sold off his share of Ballachoan, the Mylroie family estate in Brandel, which he had inherited from his mother in 1730
  6. Margaret too inherited lands from her mother, who died when Margaret was just 6 months old
  7. John and Margaret sold off their inherited lands and made a fresh start in the treen of Grawe
  8. 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
  9. 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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