MORTGAGE - 1752 (Ballaugh)

Know all men by these presents that I John Mylrea heir at law of the tenement of Ballna Cooilley within the parish of Ballaugh with the joint consent of my guardian Nich Mylrea and by virtue of a power in us vested by a decree of the Honourable Court of Chancery bearing date the 8th August 1752 diverse good reasons us hereunto moving but more chiefly for and in consideration of the full and just sum of thirty-seven pounds of the currency of this Isle eleven pounds whereof to discharge a mortgage on the premises hereafter mentioned now held by William Kelly and twenty-six pounds more to discharge two several mortgages on the premises now held by John Corlett which completes the above sum of thirty-seven pounds at and from the hands of Robert Siddleton of KK Michael have given, granted, demised and mortgaged and by these present do give, grant, demise and mortgage unto him the said Robert Siddleton all that part or parcel of the above said tenement of Ballna Cooilley formerly mortgaged to John Mylrea and Thomas Mylrea to William Bridson, William Corlet and Thomas Mylrea and now held by the above said William Kelly and John Corlett being curraugh land or Intack and of such annual Lord’s Rent as the Setting Quest of the parish shall proportion thereupon to have and to hold unto him the said Robert Siddleton with all ways waters and watercourses easements, liberties, profits and advantages of what nature or kind soever thereunto belonging for the term and time of five years commencing from Michaelmas Day next ensuing the date hereof he the said Robert Siddleton yielding and paying yearly and every year the said rent unto the Right Honourable Lord of this Isle and his successors together with all other suits and services annually incumbent on the premises but in case the said sum of thirty-seven pounds be not repaid at the expiration of said term that then and in that case it shall and may be lawful for the said Robert Siddleton to hold and enjoy the premises for one year longer and so to continue from year to year until the said sum of thirty-seven pounds be fully paid and satisfied and for the punctual (performance?) of all and singular the premises we the said John Mylrea and Nicholas Mylrea do further firmly bind and oblige ourselves, heirs, executors, administrators and assigns in and under the penalty and forfeiture of eighty pounds sterling to be levied and paid according to law and practice within this Isle in such and like cases. In witness whereof we have hereunto set our names and marks this 25th August 1752. John Mylrea my X, Nicholas Mylrea my X

Signed and delivered in presence of Thomas Kelly X, Thomas Cannel

9th October 1752 John McYlrea and Nicholas McYlrea acknowledged the within and above Bill of Mortgage to be their voluntary act and deed and also to be paid the consideration moneys therein mentioned. Before me Dan McYlrea

We the Setting Quest of Ballaugh do hereby certify that the yearly Lord’s Rent of the within premises is one shilling and a penny halfpenny and this we return for our answer this the 17th of October 1752 Philip Corlett my mark X, John Craine my mark X, Patt Craine my mark X, William Curlett

At a Sheading Court holden at Peeltown on the 19th October 1752 the within and above Bill of Mortgage being acknowledged before the Deemster and now openly published in Court and no objection offered against it is therefore allowed of and confirmed according to law. Dan MYlrea, Basil Cochrane, John Taubman, John Quayle William Christian

We William Caine and Cath Siddleton of the parish of KK Michael do hereby own and acknowledge to have received at and from the hands of John Mylrea of Ballaugh upon account of a mortgage that Robert Siddleton had of KK Michael deceased the just and entire sum of thirty-seven pounds Manks value and likewise do acknowledge to be fully paid and satisfied in that mortgage that said Siddleton had from Thomas Mylrea heir of a parcel of curraugh in Ballaugh and this we acknowledge this 3rd of October 1757 and likewise desire the same mortgage to be crossed upon record. As witness our names and marks. William Caine my mark X, Cath Siddleton my mark X

Witnesses present William Caine his mark X William Corlett

3rd October 1757 William Caine acknowledged the within receipt to be his voluntary act and deed and Captain William Corlett and William Caine the subscribing witnesses made oath upon the Holy Evangelist that the same was duly executed in their presence by Catherine Siddleton. Before me Daniel Lace

This mortgage is cancelled pursuant to the annexed discharge release acknowledge before the Deemster this 6th October 1757 John Quayle (Comp)

[Ref: NSM Oct 1752 #87]


  1. John Mylrea was destined to become the steward of Ballacooiley when his father died 1744, even though he was only 6 years old at the time
  2. He was 14 years of age when this mortgage was undertaken. Nicholas Mylrea snr his uncle and supervisor was a co-signatory
  3. When John's father Thomas died in 1744, he left his widow Isabel als Killip with two young children and mortgages over parts of Ballacooiley worth more than £50 plus interest. This 1752 mortgage was a debt consolidation exercise and five years later (1757), John took another mortgage to pay out this first contract, and ultimately sold a piece of Ballacooiley in 1762 to extinguish the second mortgage
  4. In 1758 John married Jane Clark and had 13 children: John (b1759) married Ellinor Corlett (and would become the next steward of Ballacooiley), Daniel (b1761) & Mary Hughes, Isabel (b1763) & Patrick Cowley, Jane (b1765) & James Corlett, Margaret (b1767) & Thomas Corlett, Ellinor (b1774) & John Caley, Ann (b1781) & John Corlett, Thomas (b1769) & Mary (b1772) died of smallpox within days of eachother in 1773, William (b1771), Ann (b1776) & Thomas (b1779) died in infancy
  5. After a relatively stable 25 years at Ballacooiley, John mortgagedthe estate in order to purchase adjoining land. This proved to be an unsound decision, leading to several mortgages and the ultimate sale of the 1777 purchase, all within 5 years

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