PURCHASE - 1717 (Lonan)

Know all men by these presents that I Dan Cowne of the parish of KK Lonan diverse good causes and considerations me thereunto moving but more especially for and in consideration of the just and entire sum of three pounds, whereof thirty shillings is to be paid upon the first day of November next ensuing this date hereof, and the other thirty shillings on the first day of November 1718, have by and with the consent of my wife Margaret Cowne als McYlroy given, granted, alienated, passed over and forever sold and by these presents do by and with the consent of my said wife give, grant, alienate, pass over and forever sell unto Richard McYlroy of the said parish one half of my quarterland commonly called and known by the name of Balla–Coane lying and situate in Brondle of the foresaid parish of KK Lonan of the yearly Lord’s Rent of seven shillings and nine pence the whole being 15s 7d Lord’s Rent with all ways, waters, watercourses, easements, liberties and profits thereunto belonging to him the said Richard McYleroy his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns

To have and to hold and peaceably to enjoy all and singular the premises without let stop or molestation of me the said Dan Cowin or my said wife, our heirs, executors, administrators and assigns yielding and paying yearly and every year the usual annual Lord’s Rent with all boons, suits and services payable out of the premises at times usual and accustomed

And further I the said Daniel Cowne do with and by the consent of my said wife Margaret Cown als McYlroy hereby bind and oblige myself, my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns to keep and defend him the said Richard McYlroy his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns in the quiet and peacable possession of the premises against any manner of person or persons whatsoever, the Right Honourable Lord of the Isle only excepted

And for the true performance of all and singular the premises of the said Daniel Cowne and Margaret my wife do bind ourselves, our heirs, executors, administrators and assigns in the penalty and forfeiture of 5ll in the nature of all fines

As witness our hands this 6th August 1717. Dan Cowne my X mark, Margaret Cowne als McYlroy my X mark, Richard McYlroy my X mark

Signed and delivered in presence of John Killip, William Knackle

10th October 1717 The subscribing parties have acknowledged the within and above Bill of Sale to be their voluntary act and deed. Before me Dan Mylrea

At a Sheading Court holden at Douglas the 10 October 1717 The within Bill of Sale being acknowledged before Deemster Mylrea and now published in open Court and no material objection against it the same is allowed of and confirmed according to law. .. Horne, J. Rowe, Dan Mylrea, W. Sedden

[Ref: OD Lon 1/64]



  1. Richard McYlroy was the son of David & Margaret, born about 1690 in Braddan
  2. In this contract, he purchased half of the estate belonging to his brother-in-law Dan Cowne and his sister Margaret, who were married in 1709
  3. Richard married Isabell Moore in the neighbouring parish of Onchan in 1714, and there were 6 children: children Margaret (1718), Isabel (1721), John (1724), David (1727) as well as Catherine & Ann (who have baptism record - although Anne might be the McYLROY child baptised in 1730 with father Edward (not the first time such a mistake occurred in the parish registers)
  4. The land mentioned in this Contact is variously spelled Ballachoan/Balla-coan, and the treen Brondall. Recorded LV May 1718 (Rent = 16s)
  5. Because this land was purchased and not inherited, Richard was free to do as he wished with its dispersal. It seems he contracted in his second marriage to leave the estate to any issue of that marriage'', which there was. Thus sons of the first marriage, John & David, had to fend for themselves although his mother left John half of the lands she and Richard had purchased so he had a small start in life (LV May 1734 half each = Richard 3s 9½d & John 3s 9½d )
  6. Over ten years after Richard's death, the issue of his Brondall holding was settled but it seems that because he had remarried (ie for a third time), the entitlement of his son from second marriage was reduced somewhat:
  7. Recent DNA studies show that this family have Viking heritage, as opposed to the Mylreas who are Celtic - his father David was not a Mylrea after all, despite the similarity in surname
  8. Lonan parish registers from the early 1700s have not survived in their entirety so extreme caution must be exercised when attempting to draw conclusions about these families and their relationships

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