SALE - 1740 (Ballaugh)

Know all men by these presents that I Thomas Mylrea of Balna cooleh within the parish of Ballaugh with the full consent of Isabel my wife divers good causes and several valuable considerations me hereunto moving but more especially for the consideration sum of eleven pounds sterling to be unto me paid the one half thereof at the worshipful Deemster’s attestation hereof and the other half at or about the first of May next at, by and from the hands of my brother Nicholas Mylrea have given, granted, alienated, demised and sold and by these presents do give, grant, alienate, demise and forever absolutely sell from me, my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns all my whole right, title, claim and demand that I now have or hereafter may have of, in or unto certain parcels of the Quarterland of Ballacoraig with a small parcel of Intack lands in the curragh the said premises lying, being and situate in the foresaid parish of Ballaugh and the demised parcels of Quarterland adjoining unto the rent of Thomas Kelly on the southside (part on the east side of the church highway and part on the west side of the said highway), unto the rent of John Cown the School Glebe and the Rector’s Glebe on the north, and unto the Ballaugh highway on the east thereof, and the bargained parcel of Intack lands adjoining unto the rent of Thomas Crain on the west unto the lane or highway on the south, and unto the rent of Dan Cowle on the northside thereof and commonly called and known by the name of Acre, the said demised premises unto him the said Nicholas Mylrea, his heirs and assigns forever with all ways, waters, watercourses, easements and advantages unto the said premises belonging or in any wise appertaining commencing from the date hereof he the said Nicholas Mylrea paying such annual Lord’s Rent as already is or hereafter shall be settled on the premises by the Setting Quest with all other dues and duties, suits and services yearly incumbent on the premises at the accustomed times of payment within this Isle and I the said Thomas Mylrea do further oblige myself to procure the worshipful Deemster's attestation with the honourable Court’s confirmation of this Deed and to do all other things, act or acts, needful or necessary for him the said Nicholas Mylrea for his better security of the premises and for the true and faithful performance hereof and of singular the premises I the said Thomas Mylrea with Isabel my foresaid wife do hereby firmly bind ourselves, heirs and assigns in the penalty and forfeiture of two and twenty pounds sterling to be paid and levied according to law and practice within this Isle. And in testimony hereof we have hereunto caused our names and marks to be written this tenth day of February 1740. Thomas Mcylrea my mark X, Isabel Mcylrea my mark X

Signed and delivered in presence of John Bridson, David Crellin

31st October 1741 Thomas McYlrea and Isabel McYlrea acknowledged the within and above Bill of Sale to be their voluntary act and deed and also to be paid the consideration therein mentioned. Before me Dan Mylrea

At a Sheading Court holden at Peeltown the 6th May 1742 the within and above Bill of Sale having been acknowledged before the Deemster and now openly published in Court and no objection offered against it is therefore allowed of and confirmed according to law

Dan Mylrea, Jon Taubman, J.Murray, Charles Stanley, John Quayle, William Christian

[Ref: NSS May 1742 #15]


  1. Thomas took over Ballacooiley, when his father William died in March 1733
  2. Nicholas snr was his younger brother, born in 1716. He did not inherit anything significant from his father or his mother
  3. Thomas had married Isabel Killip in 1734; Nicholas snr would marry Joney Cowin in 1746
  4. Thomas died in 1744 when his only surviving son was still a child. Nicholas snr was the child's supervisor and helped Thomas's widow to carry on at Ballacooiley until Thomas's son and heir (John) could take over
  5. Thomas had purchased this land in 1733, six months after his father died, for £7/10/-; he sold it to his brother for £11/-/- seven years later
  6. It is not possible to say whether this sale was an act of generosity so that younger brother Nicholas could establish his own estate OR an act of necessity since Thomas had already take four mortgages over Ballacooiley land, which were apparently unsettled when Thomas died prematurely in 1744
  7. Ballacorraige 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 Thomas's & Nicholas's (although the great grand father of this latter pair could have been William's brother) so it is difficult to account for the 1678 land being in the possession of the "other" side of the family, neighbours though they were, sixty years later
  8. Nicholas snr, in 1768, purchased a field the Acre from the Cowleys, probably the other half of what had been included in his 1740 purchase
  9. Ballacorraige was passed on to the oldest son of Nicholas Mylrea snr as part of his Marriage Contract in 1774. Over the ensuing 40 years, Nicholas Mylrea jnr mortgaged and sold parts of the Ballacorraige estate and the estate was crippled with debt. This 1740 purchase of a Mylrea family estate was completely lost less than a century after it was acquired by Nicholas snr

Associated Documents

Last updated: Jan 2018