SALE - 1663 (Michael)


Know all men by these presents that I John McYlrea of the parish of KK Michael with the consent and assent of Katherine Cally for diverse good reasons and valuable considerations us hereunto moving but especially for and in consideration of the sum of forty shillings of current money already paid at the writing hereof,from and at the hands of Patrick Cally of the parish of KK Christ Lezayre for a parcel of meadow land called Close a Quaquin, which parcel of land we the said John and Kath do give, deliver, surrender and sell from us, our heirs, executors, administrators and assigns unto Patrick Cally of the foresaid parish, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns forever by these presents for which parcel of land was given me and my wife we [….]ation, bargain and bind ourselves and heirs for which said parcel of ground of three half pence rent being in Ballaugh do fall unto us after the death of our mother Mary iny [Mcylvorey?] then we bind our selves to enter and enrol the said Patrick’s name immediately afore and to take possession and do confess this to be our act and deed and have caused this Bill of Sale to be written and set to our signs this 23rd October 1663 we do bind ourselves in the penalty of four pounds the one half to the Lord of the Isle and the other half to the party performing bargain.

John McYlrea his sign X, Katherine Cally her seal and sign X

Testes: John Teare his mark JT:, John Cannell his markJC, Robert Freere his mark RF

17th May 1671

This day the above John McYlrea came into the Court and acknowledged the above bargain to be his voluntary act and deed and his wife's and craved our confirmation thereunto which is granted according to the statute made and provided in that behalf. Henry Howell, Richard Stevenson, Thomas Norris, Thomas Huddleston

[Ref: Liber Canceller (1676-1681) 1680 p61-62]


  1. This piece of land was in Ballaugh, although John and Katherine are described in the document as residents of Michael and available records shed no light on what John's parish of origin might have been
  2. The Manorial Roll for Michael in 1495 showed at least 5 and possibly 9 Mc gilreas as tenants in the parish, more than in other other parish at the time yet there is no firm connection between John and any of these Mac gilreas. However, the name John was not particularly common amongst the Michael Mylreas, and far more common in the Ballaugh clan
  3. A Liber Vastarum entry for Ballaugh in 1672 says that the land was a piece of Intack with the note:, "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
  4. John was married to Kath Cally (Cowley?) but no record of their marriage survives in either Michael or Ballaugh
  5. John & Katherin had earlier purchased land in Rencullen quarterland in Michael and sold it a decade later, citing poverty as the reason. Perhaps the sale of this Ballaugh intack was an attempt to stave off the inevitable
  6. John might have died in Michael in 1675. If this was John the vendor, 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
  7. 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, John, 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 Will: Willliam Mylrea (children Mabel, John, Jane)

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