SALE - 1597 (Michael)

Be it known unto all men by these presents that I Thomas McYlrea of KK Michael within the Isle of Man and Ann his wife have bargained, sett over and sold and by this our present Bill and Deed of Sale for the sum of 20 shillings lawful English money in hand already paid before the ………… hereof wherewith we the said Thomas and Ann do acknowledge ourselves fully satisfied, contented and paid by these presents do bargain, sett over and clearly sell unto John Cannell of KK Michael aforesaid one half quarter of ground commonly called by the name of ...... with the meadow thereunto adjoining called Ballagill lying, situating and being in KK Michael aforesaid.

To have and to hold all the said half quarter of ground with all profits and commodities thereunto belonging unto the said John Cannell, his heirs, executors and administrators forever, yielding and paying therefore yearly and every year the sum of eight shillings ten pence lawful English money with one bowl wheat, one bowl barley and all other customs, dues and duties payable and which of right ought to be paid for the rent and custom of the said half quarter of ground and for the quiet holding and possessing of the said ground with the said profits and commodities thereunto belonging or in anywise appertaining we the said Thomas and Ann wife unto the said Thomas do bind us, our heirs, executors, administrators and assigns in the sum of twenty shillings of lawful English money the one half to be due to ... ... or the right heirs and .... of this Island and the other half to the said John Cannell, his heirs, executors, and administrators by these presents to uphold, awarrant and defend the said John Cannell, his heirs, executors, and administrators forever from all manner of person and persons whatever from time to time for the rent and customs paying aforementioned. In witness whereof we the said parties viz Thomas & Ann for the true and perfect performance of the same have set to our hands and put to our seals the first day of the month of June in the year of our Lord God one thousand, five hundred and ninety-seven and in the year of the reign of our sovereign Lady Elizabeth, by the grace of God of England, France and Ireland, Queen, defender of the Faith,the nine and thirty.

Thomas McYlrea mark X seal, Ann McYlrea mark X seal

Red sealed, subscribed and delivered in the presence of us John Christian, Ffyllo Crow, Thomas Crow, John Halsall, Thomas Moore

This above written is a true copy of the original faithfully ……. by us. Rob Molineux, William Kneale, Ewan Christian

[Ref: Liber Canceller 1608 p11 MNHLA]


  1. Balycrynan treen: Balycrynan Moar quarterland
  2. This is the first of 3 transactions that Thomas undertook with John Cannell in the course of about 10 years: After the third one, Liber Vastarum 1608 notes: Thoms Mcylrea being sicke and unable of himself to manure the ground hath in the presencse of divers witnesses sould out his whole interest thereof for evr unto John Cannell in considecon of [pfower?] pounds of mony viz ten shillinge thereof payd alreadie unto him, other thirtie shillings to be payd before Sunday next after this entry and the last fourtie shillings to be payd at or before Michaelmas next. The names of the witnesses psent at this bargaine were John Halsall, Willm Cayne, Finlo Quaill and others
  3. Thomas was married to Ann Moore, perhaps in the mid 1550s although there is no evidence as to the ages of Thomas and Ann.
  4. Ann died in 30th December 1600, naming inter alia John, Donald & Averick Mylrea (and no children), presumably John was a relative & John's wife Averick CANNELL, along with Donald, presumably another of Thomas's relatives. Ann left her mother something in her 1600 will, which would suggest that Ann had not reached elderly years
  5. Thomas must have died soon after that third transaction in 1708 but surviving burial records for Michael begin in 1611. The fact that he was selling was probably an indication of their impoverished state (on several occasions, someone else had pledged Thomas's rents) and their childlessness
  6. This first sale was for one half of a quarterland, in a treen known as Balycrynan that had been tenanted by the Mcylrea clan for a century at least, the original tenants in the 1495 Lib Assed recorded as Donald Mc gilrea and son
  7. The Manorial Roll for Michael in 1511/1515 showed at least 6 and possibly 11 McGilreas living there - more than in other other parish at the time
  8. Also several Mylreas from Michael left wills, although whether they were of Thomas's family is unknown:
    • 1595 Will: Johanis Mc ilrea (children William, Johns, Jonet, Donald, Johan)
    • 1600 Will: Ann Mylrea als Moore (wife) (no children?)
    • 1627 Will: Richard (children Christian, Thomas, William, Christian, Bahie)
    • 1634 Will: Madge Tear als Mylrea
    • 1637 Will: Joney Cannel als Mylrea
    • 1649 Will: Margaret Mylrea als Callister (children William, Ales)
    • 1654 Will: Willliam Mylrea (children Mabel, John, Jane)

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Last updated: Dec 2018