MORTGAGE - 1749 (Douglas)

Thomas Mylrea of the town of Douglas, Isle of Man also my wife Margaret Mylrea do own and acknowledge ourselves to have borrowed and received from the hands of John Waterson of Ballacottier in the parish of KK Braddan the sum of seven pounds Manks which sum we promise to pay yearly and every year lawful interest out of the same and also to be accountable for the principal sum aforesaid.

And for the further security of the principal sum and interest I Thomas Mylrea and Margaret my wife, also our heirs, executors, administrators and assigns both mortgage the half of our dwelling houses and garden with all ways, water courses, easements, liberties and advantages unto them belonging unto the aforesaid John Waterson his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns until the aforesaid sum of seven pounds be fully paid and satisfied, also the interest due out of the same.

And to the performance of this agreement the parties herein mentioned and concerned doth bind themselves the one unto the other in the penalty of fourteen pounds currency of this Isle to be levied according to law.

As witness our names and marks this twenty-fifth day of November 1749. Thomas Mylrea his X mark, Margaret Mylrea her X mark

The witnesses present John Kissag jnr, Wm Kissag his mark X

7th May 1750 Thomas Mylrea and Margaret Mylrea acknowledged the within Bond and Bill of Mortgage to be their voluntary act and deed. Before me John Taubman

At a Sheading Court holden at Douglas the 7th October 1751 the within Bond and Bill of Mortgage being acknowledged before the Deemster and now openly published in Court and no objection offered against it the same is therefore allowed of and confirmed according to law. Dan Mylrea, Basil Curphey, John Taubman, William Christian, John Quayle, Dan Mylrea

I acknowledge to have received the seven pounds consideration money with the interest and all charges attending, therefore this Deed is cancelled. Witness my hand this 10th May 1755 John Waterson. Before me ….. Quayle

[Ref: SSM Oct 1751 #92]



  1. Thomas snr signed mortgage document with a X. He was a widower whose first wife, Margaret Lewn, had died in 1738
  2. Thomas had married Margaret Cowin about 1739 although no record of the marriage survives. Margaret probably came from Lonan
  3. Eight children named in his will : Thomas jnr ( 1721), Philip (b1741 m Margaret Lewn), Edward (b1743 m Dorothy Fargher als Kewley in Lonan), Margaret (b1746 m John Crow), William (b1749 m Jane Taggart), John (b1753 died soon after), Mary (b1754 married John Cottier), Ann (b1758 did not marry)
  4. Thomas snr was a weaver on the baptism record of his son William, born 1749
  5. It is not clear how Thomas snr was able to mortgage this property in October 1749 since his legal tenancy through his wife's 1738 will was at an end and his son was the major share holder in the 6d rent cottage #112 in Conchan through the deaths of his mother in 1738 and his aunt Ann Harrison in 1749
  6. His son Thomas jnr subsequently gifted Thomas snr a 2 1/8d share in the property in May 1753. Thomas snr sold off a small portion of this share in July 1753 and later took another mortgage on the property having paid off his mortgage in 1755, perhaps with the proceeds of his 1753 sale
  7. Thomas jnr sold his remaining 2 3/8d minority share to Paul Quirk and was never recorded again on the island
  8. Mapping by Nigel Crowe shows that this cottage allotment #112 was on Barrack St, with neighbours in 1705 Richard Killey (and Jane Mc ylrea), Robert Joyner (and Margaret Mc ylrea), Philip Higgin (and Jane Mc ylrea) and Thomas Mylroi
  9. BEST GUESS is that Thomas Mc Ylrea snr originated in Michael, an estimation based solely on the DNA of one of his descendants who has a match much closer to the Irish Mc Elreas than the Ballaugh Mylreas

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