Artickels of Marriage consented to concluded and agreed upon by and betwixt Tho Kinley and Ellin his wife in behalf of their daughter Joney Kinley on ye one part and John Mcylrea & Issable his wife in behalf of their son Tho Mcylrea on the other part the 10 November 1712

First it is consented to, concluded and agreed upon that ye young couple shall be joined together in the holy state of matrimony of December next God and Holy Church permitting the same

Secondly it is consented unto, agreed & concluded upon that Tho. Kinley & his wife doth give in portion to ye young couple immediately into possession all their interest and right to a certain mortgage of nine pounds which they have on a certain parcel of Abbey land of John Mcyreas being half the field called ye Cronk & half ye Gary joining to

Thirdly It is concluded and agreed upon that John Mcylrea and his wife shall within a year after the young couple marriage pay and give in portion to the said young couple the sum of three pounds sterling and also half of all their lands and houses [strike out below insert] during their natural life wth half the [strike out] plowing beast & half the plow & husbandry gears forever

Fourthly It is concluded & agreed upon that in consideration that the young couple are to enjoy half the lands and houses during the lives of John Mcylrea & his wife. Iit is agreed that the said John Mcyrea & his wife shall enjoy half the benefit of the mortgaged lands before mentioned during their life if it be not redeem’d.

Fifthly It is concluded and agreed upon that John Mcyrea shall sow the land this year and that the young couple are to live with him and that all the profits and all the charges of the said land shall be equally enjoyed & equally paid by both parties viz rents customs & duties.

Lastly for performance of all and singular the within mentioned articles all parties bind themselves heirs, executors, administrators and assigns in the penalty of fourty pounds in the nature of all fines. Tho Kinley his mark X, Ellin Kinley als Corrin her mark X , Joney Kinley her mark X, Jon Mcylrea his mark X, Issable Mcylrea als Shimin mrk X, Tho Mcylrea his mark X

Witnesses present ......... his mark X, Tho Caine his mark X, Jon Taylor his mark X

21 November 1712 All the parties to the within Articles of Marriage (except Tho Kinley who is now sick and not able to travel) have acknowledged the same to be their voluntary act and deed and Thomas Caine and Jon Taylor two of the witnesses have deposed that the said Thomas Kinley did sign the said contract in their presence wth the other parties and all before me Jon Parr

At an Abbey Court holden at Ballasalley the 15th Octobr 1713 The within Articles of Marriage being acknowledged & proved before me Deemster Parr in his life time & was published in open court & no objection against them the same are allowed of & confirmed according to law. C.L.Stanley, Dan Mylrea, J.Rowe, Wm Sedden

[Ref: SSS Malew No1 #55]



  1. Fildraw & Fildraw beg
  2. Thomas was the second son among six children of John McYlrea and Elizabeth als Shimmin. He was born in 1689 and his father was heir to the McYlrea's Fildraw estate
  3. Although he was the second son, Thomas's Marriage Contract gave a substantial settlement to the young couple, and reads as if Thomas was the heir apparent (three pounds sterling and also half of all their lands and houses during their natural life), which he was not since his older brother Charles was alive
  4. A month before this marriage, John McYlrea had taken a mortgage for £9 with Thomas Kinley, Jony's father. This handed on to Thomas & Jony as part of their Marriage Contract
  5. Thomas's father sold him some Fildraw land in 1722 and this might have become Thomas's estate for his sons had land in the 1740s
  6. Thomas's father John McYlrea died in 1727, disinheriting all of his children, except his grandson, who was Thomas's second son also named Thomas
  7. Son Thomas might have been his father's favourite, but Manx law bound John Mylrea to pass on the family estate to Charles. Charles seemed to be a man with financial problems
  8. Thomas & Jony had five children, three of whom survived to adulthood: John snr (1713), Thomas (1716), Isabel/Elizabeth (1718-1725), John jnr (1721), Charles (1726-1740)
  9. Thomas died in 1728, at the age of 39 and his two sons named John also died in their 30s
  10. There is much about the Malew Mylreas of the 1600s and early 1700s that does not hang together so extreme caution must be exercised

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