SALE - 1607 (Michael)

That I Thomas Mylrea of the parish of KK Michael within the Isle of Man do confess and acknowledge myself by these presents for diverse good causes and considerations but especially for and in consideration of the sum of eight pounds of current lawful English money to me already in hand paid by John Cannell of the said parish before the date hereof whereof and whereso that the said Thomas doth acknowledge and confess myself fully satisfied, contented and paid for, and concerning the said sum and thereof and ..... ..... ... and of …. part and parcel thereof doth acquit, exonerate and discharge the said John Cannell his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns firmly forever by these presents do give, grant, bargain, alienate, clearly and absolutely sold from me the said Thomas Mylrea, my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns all the right, title,interest, claim, possession and covenant right that I now have, heretofor have had, or hereafter might, ought or should have unto one quarter of ground commonly called and known by the name of Balecrinan and of the yearly rent of seventeen shillings and nine pence situating, lying and being within the said parish together with all houses, buildings, meadows, commodities and ... and appertenances whatsoever to the said quarter belonging or in any wise appertaining unto the said John Cannell, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns forever as appeareth by two .... bill of sale under my hand, a bill for other half quarter and I do confess myself bound in the penalties and forfeiture set down in the said bills to perform all bargains and covenants mentioned and specified in the said bills those bearing date the first day of June in ano dui 1597 and the other bearing date the 15th day of June in ano dui 1602.

And to witness this to be my own act and deed I have hereunto put my sign manual this 21 day of February in ano dui 1607.

Thomas Mylrea his mark X

Witness thereof Hugh Cannell minister, John Caine, William Garrett, John Cannell

This is a true copy of the orginal and at the humble part of John Cannell his for better safety thereof record. Recorded, ..... by us. William Molineux, William Clucas, Ewan Christian

[Ref: Liber Canceller 1608 p14 MNHLA]


  1. Balycrynan treen: Balycrynan Moar quarterland
  2. This is the third sale to John Cannel over a period of about a decade. The first sale had been for half a quarterland, the second also for half a quarterland, and the third was for a full quarterland, meaning that Thomas had been in possession of two full quarterlands in Balycrynan and LA shows his total rent was 26s 8d. After this third one, 1608 Liber Vastarum noted: Thomas 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 (Moore) died in 30th December 1600, naming inter alia John, Donald & Averick Mylrea (and no children), perhaps John a relative & his wife Averick CANNELL, and Donald was anotoher relative. Ann also left her mother something in her will, which would suggest that Ann had not reached elderly years
  5. Thomas must have died soon after the third transaction although unfortunately the surviving burial records for Michael begin in 1610. 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. Balycrynan Moar 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. John Mylrea lived on Balycrynan Beg, recorded in 1495 Lib Assed as tenanted by Thomlyn Mc gilrea
  8. Also several Mylreas from Michael left wills, although whether they were of Thomas's family is unknown:
    • 1595 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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