PURCHASE - 1777 (Ballaugh)

Know all men by these presents that I Daniel Mylrea of the town of Douglas in the Isle of Man, gentleman, nephew and heir at law to Daniel Mylrea esquire late of Castletown in the said Isle of Man, Deemster, deceased, and also executor and residuary legatee named in the last will and testament of the said Daniel Mylrea deceased by and with the consent and approbation of Leonora Mylrea als Heywood my wife for and in consideration of the sum of two hundred and fifty pounds currency to be unto me paid or secured to be paid at the execution of these presents by John Mylrea of the parish of Ballaugh in the said Isle have granted, bargained and sold, aliened and confirmed and by these presents do grant, bargain and sell, alienate and confirm unto him the said John Mylrea his heirs and assigns forever that parcel of lands part of the estate of the Dollough in the said parish of Ballaugh called Faij Heese being Quarterland and of such annual rent as shall be settled thereon by the Setting Quest with all profits, commodities, advantages, hereditaments, ways, waters, watercourses, easements, liberties and services whatsoever to the said premises belonging or in anywise appertaining and all the reversion and reversions, remainder and remainders of the said premes and of every part thereof and all the estate, right, title, interest, claim and demand whatsoever of me the said Daniel Mylrea of, in and to the said premes and of every part thereof to have and to hold the said parcel of lands and all and singular the said premes abovementioned and every part of the same with the appurtenances unto him the said John Mylrea his heirs and assigns to the only proper use and behalf of him the said John Mylrea from the twelfth day of November instant forever he the said John Mylrea his heirs and assigns yielding and paying yearly and every year the annual Lord’s Rent with all boons, suits and services due and payable out of the said premes and I the said Daniel Mylrea do covenant, promise and agree to and with the said John Mylrea that I the said Daniel Mylrea, my heirs and assigns shall awarrant and defend the said premes and their appurtenances unto him the said John Mylrea his heirs and assigns against the claim, challenge or demand of all and every person or persons whomsoever and for the true and faithful performance of this Deed of Sale I the said Daniel Mylrea and Leonora my wife do bind and oblige ourselves, our heirs, executors and assigns in the penalty of five hundred pounds sterling. As witness our names this 29th of November 1777 Daniel Mylrea, Leonora Mylrea

Signed and delivered in presence of Philip Garret, John Cannell

29th November 1777 The said Daniel Mylrea and Leonora Mylrea his wife acknowledged this Deed of Sale to be their proper and voluntary act and deed and the said Daniel Mylrea acknowledged to be paid the sum of one hundred and twenty-five pounds being the moiety of the consideration money therein mentioned. Before me Thomas Moore

1st December 1778 The said Daniel Mylrea acknowledged to be paid and satisfied the whole of the consideration money mentioned to be paid him in the within Deed of Sale ….[fold….. ]. Before me Robert Farrant

We the Setting Quest of Ballaugh do settle and portion on the premises in the within mentioned Bill of Sale to bear and pay the yearly Lord’s Rent of nine shillings and this we return for our answer this 7th of May 1779. William Corlett, Thomas Cowley, John Corlet, John Craine

8th May 1779 The Setting Quest of the parish of Ballaugh are hereby ordered to settle and portion the Chief Rent of the before mentioned premises whereof all proper parties are to have notice to attend. Thomas Moore

We the Setting Quest of Ballaugh whose names ensue being summoned by virtue of the Worshipful Deemster Moore’s authority to settle rent on the within and before going Deed of Sale do settle and portion the same to bear and pay the yearly Chief Rent of nine shillings and this we return as our answer. Witness our subscriptions this 27th May 1779. William Corlett, John Craine, John Corlet, Thomas Cowley

At a Baron Court holden at KK Michael the 2nd day of August 1780 for the parishes of Michael, Ballaugh & Jurby The before written Deed of Sale being acknowledged before the Deemster and now openly published in Court and no objection offered against it the same therefore is allowed of, from and in the name and behalf of the most noble John, Duke of Atholl, Lord of the Manor of Mann & the Isles and confirmed by this Court. Robert Heywood

[Ref: NSS May 1880 #20]


  1. John Mylrea became the steward of Ballacooiley after his father Thomas died in 1744, when he (John) was only 6 years old. His mother Isabel als Killip and uncle Nicholas Mylrea snr must have kept the estate going until John was old enough to take responsibility
  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
  3. The vendor Daniel Mylrea was the son of Thomas Mylrea & Rose Savage, born Peel 1750. He was also John's third cousin. Daniel inherited Faij Heese from his uncle, Daniel Mylrea, oldest son of Daniel Mylrea &a Lucy Parry, a Deemster like his forebears, who died unmarried in 1775. Daniel married Leonora Heywood in 1776 and she died 1786, after which Daniel remarried, probably in England. In 1816, this Daniel Mylrea was the hero of the wreck of the Harpooner and father of Frederick Thomas Mylrea and Mary Ann Mylrea
  4. John had mortgaged the entire estate of Ballacooiley for £130 in the months prior to this purchase, probably to make the initial payment of £125. He finalised the sale in 1780, but went on to mortgage these lands soon afterwards, and eventually sold Faij Heese in 1782.
  5. Between the 1752 mortgage which was a necessary debt consolidation action, and the 1777 purchase of the Dollough Moar lands, John appeared to have talent as both a farmer and an economic manager. However the mortgages and the eventual sale of the land purchased in this Deed over the next five years probably showed that the purchase of Faij Heese was not such a good idea
  6. FAIJ HEES = Lower flatt; the field is referred to in later transactions as North Flatt. "Faij" = flatt, or a field near a mansion better manured than others (explanation provided by Frances Coakley), and "Heese" = down

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