PURCHASE - 1768 (Ballaugh)

Know all men by these presents that we Matthew Cowle and Ann Cowle my wife, and Robert Cowle and Mary Cowle my wife of the parish of Ballaugh for the consideration of twenty shillings to be paid unto us at the worshipful Deemster’s attestation hereof by our kinsman Nicholas Mylrea of said parish

Have given, granted, passed over and sold and by these presents do give, grant, pass over and absolutely sell from us, our heirs and assigns unto the said Nicholas Mylrea, his heirs and assigns, all our right, title and property in and unto a small parcel of Intack land situate in the curraugh in the said parish called the Acre, adjoining the said Nicholas Mylrea’s own Acre and bearing such annual Lord’s Rent as the Setting Quest shall settle thereon

To have and to hold the same with all profits and advantages thereto accruing and all other appurtenances thereunto belonging unto him the said Nicholas Mylrea, his heirs and assigns, from the day of the date hereof forever, yielding and paying the Lord’s Rent with all suits and services annually incumbent thereon

And for the faithful performance of the foregoing covenants and condition,s we the said Matthew Cowle and Ann my wife, and Robert Cowle and Mary my wife do bind ourselves, our heirs and assigns, in the penalty of five pounds to be paid according to law

As witness our names and marks this 6th of June 1768. Matthew Cowle my mark X, Ann Cowle her mark X, Robert Cowle my mark X, Mary Cowle her mark X

Signed and delivered in presence of John Tear, Robert Corlet his mark X

June 9th 1768

The within parties to this Bill of Sale acknowledged the same to be their proper and voluntary act and deed and to have received the foregoing consideration therein mentioned. Before me, Peter John Heywood

At a Baron or Sheading Court holden at Peeltown for Michael Sheading the 12th October 1768

The beforegoing Bill of Sale being acknowledged before the Deemster and now openly published in Court and no objection against it the same is therefore allowed of, for and in the name and behalf of the most noble John, Duke of Atholl, and Charlotte, Duchess of Atholl, lady of the manor, and confirmed by this Court. Dan Mylrea

[Ref: N/SSS Oct 1768 #5]


  1. Ballacorraige
  2. Nicholas snr born in 1716 and did not inherit anything significant from his father or his mother, as he was a younger son
  3. Nicholas had purchased an estate known as Ballacorraige for £11/-/- from his brother, Thomas, in 1740. It might have been the land referred to as "Corriag's land" in the Settlement between Daniel b1657, son of William, and his son, Daniel b1684, which in turn might have been the land acquired from Jon Corraig by WIlliam in 1678 However, William's family was not directly related to Thomas's & Nicholas's so it is difficult to account for 1678 land being in the possession of the "other" side of the family, neighbours though they were, sixty years later
  4. Nicholas snr married Joney Cowin in 1746. There were 8 children, 3 died - William, John & Daniel - before adulthood:
    • Nicholas (1747)
    • William (1749)
    • John (1752)
    • Daniel (1752)
    • Mary (1754)
    • Ann (1756)
    • Katherine (1759)
    • Thomas  (1762)
  5. This current purchase appears to be the only acquisition made by Nicholas snr since his original purchase of the Ballacorraige estate in 1740
  6. Ballacorraige was passed on to Nicholas Mylrea jnr as part of his Marriage Contract in 1774. Over the ensuing 40 years, Nicholas Mylrea jnr mortgaged and sold parts of the estate (including the Acre) until the entire estate was completely lost, less than a century after it was acquired by Nicholas snr

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