Sale - 1757 (LONAN)

Know all men by these presents that I John Mylroii of the parish of KK Lonan with the joint consent of my wife Margaret Clague als Mylroii and I Richard Myelroii of the town of Douglas diverse good causes and valuable considerations us hereunto moving but more especially for and in consideration of the just and entire sum of thirty pounds Manks currency to be paid at, by and from the hands of William Crow before the confirmation thereof have given, granted, alienated, passed over and sold and by these presents do give, grant, alienate, pass over and sell from us, our heirs, executors, administrators and assigns a part of the Quarterland of Ballachoan situate in the foresaid parish,adjoining to Philip Cowin’s rent on the south, to John Quay’s rent on the west, to John Quin’s on the north, and to John Howley’s rent on the east, being of the yearly Lord’s rent of six shillings and ten pence or thereabouts be it more or less as also a parcel of Intack land called the Laccan adjoining to John Quine’s rent on the north, to John Sayle on the east, Daniel Callister on the south, and to the Common mountain on the west

To have and to hold unto him the said William Crow, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns the forementioned premises with all its appurtenances thereunto belonging with all easements, liberties and advantages thereunto belonging or appertaining, he the said William Crow yielding and paying the Honourable Lord’s rent with all boons, suits and services due and payable out of the premises at the times and seasons usual and accustomed and as the the Setting Quest shall proportion thereon, together with all ways, waters, watercourses and profits thereof accruing

And further, we the said John Mylroii and Margaret my wife do engage ourselves, our heirs and assigns to give him the said William Crow, his heirs and assigns quiet and peaceable possession of the premises at or before Michaelmas next ensuing the date herof, and likewise we the said John Myelroii and Margaret my wife and Richard Myelroii to promise and engage ourselves, our heirs, executors, administrators and assigns to uphold, awarrant and defend the premises unto the said William Crow and his assigns against the claim, challenge or demand of any person or persons whatsoever

For the true and punctual performance of all and singular the covenants and conditions above and within written, we the said John Myelroii and Margaret Myelroii and Richard Myelroii do hereby bind ourselves, our heirs, executors, administrators and assigns in the penalty and forfeiture of sixty pounds to be levied and paid according to the law and practice of this Isle.

As witness our names and marks this 17th day of December 1757 John Myelroii my mark X, Margaret Myelroii my mark X, Richard Myelroii my mark X

Signed and delivered in presence of us Philip Tear, John Stole

9th January 1759 Philip Tear and John Stole the subscribing witnesses made oath upon the Holy Evangelist that John Mcylroy, Margaret Mcylroy and Richard Mcylroy duly executed the above and within Bill of Sale in their presence. This before me John Taubman

12th May 1758 We the within John Myelroii and Richard Myelroii do acknowledge to have received from the hands of William Crow the sum of thirty pounds specified in the within sale we [say?] received by us the day and date written. John Myelroii my mark X, Richard Myelroii my mark X

Witnesses John Quay my mark X, John Stole

At a Sheading Court holden at Douglas 23rd October 1758 The beforegoing Bill of Sale being acknowledged before the Deemster and now openly published in Court and no material objection offered against it the same is allowed of and confirmed according to law. John Taubman, Dan Mylrea, John Quayle, John Frissell, Dan Lace

[Ref: SSS Oct 1758 #30]


  1. Brondall
  2. John was the oldest son of Richard Mylroie & Isabel Moore, and baptised 1724; Richard in this contract was his half brother, born of the second marriage of Richard Mylroie snr to Ellinor Fargher
  3. John married Margaret Clague, and had several children
  4. This sale was for the land that John had inherited from his mother in 1730 and that Richard jnr had inherited from his father. The two inheritances together almost equalled what Richard Mylroie snr had purchased in 1717
  5. Richard's inheritance of his father's half of Ballachoan was reduced slightly because his father had remarried, and the third wife had some entitlement: Ellin a second wife of Richard Mylroi dying intestate, administration was granted to her only son Richard and Richard the father having married a third wife was only entitled to one eighth part which he devised to the said Richard his son who thereby was entitled to three eighth part of the said 16s 9d as by the said will and decree produced in Court. The said John who was entitled to one moiety of the said rent and the said Richard Mylroi who by deed dated 17rh Dec 1751 sold their several and respective shares to said William Crow (LV May 1760)
  6. Richard jnr was living in Douglas at the time of this contract. As he was about 21 years of age, he was not obliged to share the spoils of the sale with his step-siblings (see father's will 1749)
  7. No further sightings of Richard have been made. He mght have migrated to England, Ireland or the US
  8. John moved to another part of Lonan
  9. This sale was brought to the Court of Common Law forty years later, in 1798, when the grandson of the purchaser, William Crow, sought possession of the land through the laws of inheritance. The jury agreed. Grandson then brought a further claim for damages
  10. Recent DNA studies show that this family have Viking heritage, as opposed to the Mylreas who are Celtic - David the patriarch was not a Mylrea, despite the similarity in surname
  11. 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

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