SALE - 1725 (Malew)

Whereas I John McYlrea of Fildraw and Elizabeth my wife our circumstances being so that we are not of ability to help our son Charles now at this time he going to sea with money to supply his wants have thought fit to sell a small part of our estate with his own consent in manner following

Therefore know all men by these presents that I John McYlrea and Elizabeth McYlrea my wife upon our urgent necessities to supply our wants for and in consideration of the just sum of forty shillings sterling to us in hand paid from our daughter Ann McYlrea have given, granted, passed over and sold unto her our said daughter that small field of our estate which is commonly called by the name of Coole ne goar which joins to the highway westward and to the lands of Thomas Cain on the north end and do by these presents give, grant, bargain, pass over and absolutely sell forever unto the said Ann her heirs, executors, administrators and assigns all our right, title and interest that we now have or hereafter of right, might or could have to the said field being Abbey lands with such rent as the Setting Quest shall allow on the said field the one half of which said field to be given her in immediate possession she the said Ann McYlrea yielding and paying yearly unto our Honourable Lord that proportion as shall be settled with all easements, liberties and watercourses belonging to the premises and to awarrant and defend unto her the right against the pretended right title of any person whatsoever claiming by or under either of us at any time hereafter the rights of our Honourable Lord only reserved and to procure the worshipful officer's confirmation hereunto as also to be entered for the rent for performance whereof we bind ourselves our heirs, executors, administrators and assigns in the penalty and forfeiture of ten pounds to be paid in the nature of all fines within this Isle In witness whereof we have hereunto set our marks to our seals and all other bargains and seals heretofor made

Dated this 22nd of April 1725 John McYlrea his mark X, Elizabeth McYlrea her mark X, Charles McYlerea

Witnesses present William Quackin my mark X, Mark Cain, Thomas Moore my mark X

To whose names are under subscribed being the Abbey Setting Quest of KK Malew convened to settle a rent upon a parcel of land bought or purchased by Ann Macylva from her father John McYlrea of Fildraw and her mother Elizabeth and her brother Charles Mylva as appears to us by a copy of the Bill of Sale which said price of land is commonly called by the name of Cool ne Goare We the said Setting Quest do settle upon the said parcel two pence halfpenny and one horse load of turf and this we return for our answer As witness our names this 16th of November 1726 Nicholas Harrison, Thomas Taubman, William Bridson

Received the contents the day and year within written by us John McYlrea my mark X, Elizabeth McYlrea my mark X

Witnesses present Thomas Moor my mark X, Mark Cain

27th May 1725 John McYlrea and his wife came in and have acknowledged the within and above Bill of Sale to be their act and deed before me Charles Moore

At the Abbey Court held in Ballasalley the 27th May 1725 the within Bill of Sale being acknowledged before the Deemster and now published in open Court and no objection offered against it the same is therefore allowed of and confirmed according to law

Nicho Cosnaham, Charles Moore, W.Sarsforth, John Smith, Dan Mylrea

[Ref: SSS May 1725 #44]


  1. Fildraw
  2. John McYlrea was the eldest son of Thomas McYlrea & Margaret Gellin. He was born in Malew 1659, and was heir to the family's Fildraw estate
  3. His wife was Elizabeth Shimmin. They had six children : Elizabeth (married Thomas Norris) b1686, Charles (married Margaret Kewley?) b1687, Thomas (married Jony Kinley) b1689, Ann (married Thomas Cain) b1694, Cath (unmarried) b1697, Isable (married Thomas Quackin, Robert Shimmin) b1701
  4. Charles was their oldest child and entitled under Manx law to inherit his family's estate, but this contract shows that he and his father were selling off another portion of the estate to daughter and sister, Ann, for cash flow purposes. Charles would have been about 39 years of age and Ann 31
  5. Earlier, in 1722, John sold another piece of the Fildraw estate to Ann McYlrea and her brother, Thomas
  6. Ann McYlrea married in February 1725 and although her name was recorded at McYlrea in the sale document, her husband Thomas Cain might have provided the necessary funds as he might be the Thomas Cain whose land adjoined the piece that Ann purchased
  7. Ann and her Cain family were still farming in Fildraw in 1741
  8. In coming years, Charles and his son Charles jnr mortgaged or sold off more pieces of Fildraw
  9. There is much about the Malew Mylreas of the 1600s and early 1700s that does not hang together so extreme caution must be exercised
  10. For further insights into the Malew Mylreas, please refer to Mylreas in Ballaquaile and Fildraw

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